I came across this news story, India’s nationwide disaster operations center runs on one phone line. Yep, I had to reread it a few times, only one phone line to communicate with the country and other government agencies.
The NDMA operation centre receives information through warning agencies like Indian Meteorological Department, Central Water Commission, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services etc., which is further disseminated to all the key functionaries of NDMA and other stakeholders.
Funding has been hard to come by for the NDMA center, the article even mentions that thirty positions are still vacant. If the money does get released, there is already a solution for the country, Intergraph has the Computer Aided Dispatch technology to deploy after a detailed evaluation of India’s specific emergency workflows. The full details are here about the CAD system. A direct contact for Intergraph’s system would be firstname.lastname@example.org
Regardless of what hardware system India chooses, it is well worth the investment to have a strong disaster response system for the country. They now have a new prime minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party controls parliament, it is a new era and disaster recovery deployment operations should not be dependent on politics.