Building on a decade of success in making satellite data available to users for disaster response, the International Charter is now opening its doors even wider. To do this, the Charter has adopted the principle of Universal Access: Any national disaster management authority will be able to submit requests to the Charter for emergency response. Proper procedures will have to be followed, but the affected country will not have to be a Charter member.
Universal Access benefits national disaster management authorities in countries, beyond those of the Charter members, previously unable to make direct requests to the Charter during emergency situations.
National disaster management authorities interested in participating in the Charter will be required to complete a registration form. The entire application process is explained in the Universal Access Information Brochure available together with its Registration form. This process will validate the ability of national authorities to access and use Charter assets for disaster response, in accordance with Charter operational procedures.