Increase the flexibility and adaptability of response.
Every emergency is different. Situations rapidly change, information is limited, and core systems needed for transportation, communication and service provision may be damaged. It is important that lines of communication and responsibility are clear, that the willingness to collaborate is high, and that response protocol and actions are adaptable and flexible. In particular, there needs to be flexibility within national and regional response to adapt and respond to local conditions. This requires strong communication with local governments and stakeholders who understand local needs and priorities and how they may change as the disaster unfolds. Systems like the EDAN need to be adapted to be more flexible and timely and to allow reallocation of funds if changing conditions warrant reprioritization.