Emergency telecommunications are an important part of the BDT's development agenda, and one of its ten thematic priorities. It helps countries in limiting risks and building disaster resilience in a number of ways.
Better policies and plans for preparedness:
Effective disaster management not only depends on having in place resilient telecommunications infrastructure and services but also national strategies and plans that ensure effective and timely information sharing across all levels of government, within affected communities and among public and private organizations. Timely and effective information flow is important for decision making, for early warning and alerting and for the effective coordination and articulation of response efforts within all stakeholders working in disaster management, from first responders to senior officials. The BDT Guidelines for Developing National Emergency Telecommunication Plans
assist policy makers and national regulatory authorities to develop a clear and flexible National Emergency Telecommunications Plan (NETP) with a multi-stakeholder approach. This includes national policies and procedures as well as a governance framework to support and enable the continued use of reliable and resilient ICT networks, services and platforms for disaster management and risk reduction. As part of its work on emergency telecommunications and disaster relief, BDT is also responsible for tracking ITU's Strategic Plan Target 3.5: "By 2023 all countries should have a National Emergency Telecommunication Plan as part of their national and local disaster risk reduction strategies".
Disaster response: In the immediate aftermath of disasters, ITU deploys temporary telecommunications/ICT solutions to assist countries in restoring vital telecommunication links needed for coordinating response efforts. After providing assistance for disaster relief and response, ITU undertakes assessment missions to affected countries to assess ICT infrastructure damages and help in the restoration of networks and services based on the principle of building back better.
Visit the BDT's website
for more information on its work on emergency telecommunications, including multi-hazard early warning systems, capacity-building and trainings, the disaster connectivity map and more.