A decision analysis framework for emergency notification: the case of the Sichuan earthquake
by Zhengchuan Xu, Yufei Yuan, Shaobo Ji
International Journal of Emergency Management (IJEM), Vol. 6, No. 2, 2009

Abstract: Notification is one of the major tasks for emergency responses. A timely and appropriate notification can save lives and significantly reduce damages. The importance of notification in emergency has been widely acknowledged. It is, however, challenging to make a quick and right decision on notification. In this paper, we propose a decision analysis framework for emergency notification with the 'six W Dimensions' (6WDs), namely 'when, where, who, why, what and how'. Within each dimension, we analyse the tasks, problems and criteria for decision making. A Decision Support System (DSS) is proposed for the notification decision within the 6WDs. The framework is applied in the case of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake with in-depth analysis.

Online publication date:: Tue, 17-Nov-2009

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