Sustaining life during the early stages of disaster relief with a frugal information system: Learning from the great east Japan earthquake

Mihoko Sakurai, Richard T. Watson, Chon Abraham, Jiro Kokuryo

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Abstract

Important lessons for responding to a large-scale disaster can be gleaned from the March 11, 2011 Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami. The failure of the electrical power system and the resultant loss of information communication and processing capability severely constrained the recovery work of many municipalities. It was difficult for supporting organizations to collect and share information. A frugal Information System (IS) designed around the four U-constructs is suggested as a solution to handle the early stages of disaster relief. This paper focuses on the most frequently available device, the cellular phone, as the foundation for a frugal IS for disaster relief. Familiar and available tools place minimal stress on an already stressed system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 2013 ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Sustainable Communities, K 2013
Pages7-12
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Aug 14
Event2013 5th International Telecommunication Union Kaleidoscope Academic Conference: Building Sustainable Communities, K 2013 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: 2013 Apr 222013 Apr 24

Publication series

NameInternational Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 2013 ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference: Building Sustainable Communities, K 2013

Other

Other2013 5th International Telecommunication Union Kaleidoscope Academic Conference: Building Sustainable Communities, K 2013
CountryJapan
CityKyoto
Period13/4/2213/4/24

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Keywords

  • Cellular phone
  • Disaster
  • Emergency
  • Frugal Information System
  • U-constructs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Sakurai, M., Watson, R. T., Abraham, C., & Kokuryo, J. (2013). Sustaining life during the early stages of disaster relief with a frugal information system: Learning from the great east Japan earthquake. In International Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 2013 ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference: Building Sustainable Communities, K 2013 (pp. 7-12). [6533773] (International Telecommunication Union - Proceedings of the 2013 ITU Kaleidoscope Academic Conference: Building Sustainable Communities, K 2013).