Date Added: Jun 2011
In this paper, the authors have proposed a cloud computing platform to maximally utilize all of the available information and human power from within and outside of a community to make information available to heterogeneous user groups. This enhances current information and communication systems to better manage natural and man-made disasters. Overall, their community-based cloud computing solution will allow for rapid scaling when needed and also provides significant flexibility and high cost reduction. Namely, cost reduction is driven by sharing resources and being more communal about computing, i.e., allowing the government's response to emergencies and disasters to be more agile.