One trend in emergency response technology is taking advantage of the widespread use of smartphones. Governments (both federal and state) and nonprofits use smartphone apps to convey and collect information about natural disasters. Affected individuals can receive information about shelter locations and changing weather conditions. The same individuals can also inform emergency response personnel of their conditions formally through the aforementioned apps, or informally through social media.
Technology helps first responders by giving them detailed information about affected areas quickly, so they can concentrate their resources where they're needed most. One example is the increased accuracy of mapping software. This software aids humanitarian efforts by showing the locations of camps for survivors, so emergency personnel can reach them quickly. Drones can also deliver supplies before people arrive, and to places not yet safe for large-scale efforts.