Veteran emergency managers will tell you, nothing enhances the response effort quite like effective interagency cooperation. As a collective, cooperating partner agencies can achieve more than any one agency alone. And by pooling their resources, agencies further resource development and deployment goals, especially in a large-scale disaster situation.
The rub is: it’s just not that simple. Interoperability – the ability of first responders, emergency managers, government agencies, and other public safety organizations to work well with each other – doesn’t happen without preplanning. And that goes double for one of the most crucial vectors of interoperability, integration of information management systems.