The building/environment data and information system (BeDIS) described here is a part of infrastructure needed to support location-specific, active emergency preparedness and responses within large buildings. BeDIPS (Building/environment Data and information based Indoor Positioning System) is one of its components. BeDIPS can provide people in large buildings with sufficiently accurate location data. It is scalable, disaster resilient and is easy to configure, deploy and maintain. BeDIPS works without Internet and serves both smart phones and most legacy Bluetooth devices. The other component of BeDIS is BeDi mist, a virtual repository of data and information on the building, interior layouts and facilities. The mist uses micro data servers and smart gateways to deliver fine-scale, location-specific decision support data on a timely basis to hundreds and thousands of active devices and mobile applications.