The progress and improvements of distributed networks have played a decisive role in enabling researchers to consider new solutions for various VANET applications such as transportation, road safety, driving assistance, disaster management system, and lots more. Disaster response and management has enabled transport and communications to play an imperative role in dipping loss of life, economic cost, and disruption. VANETs can be measured as a rift of distributed networks. Vehicular ad hoc networks have been implemented as an automated system, and communication has been addressed through vehicular nodes. Since the last two decades, the number of disasters on the side of the road has evidently augmented due to the hasty augment in the number of road vehicles. The damage caused to the human race by disasters has been a severe crisis both national and international arena. In this proposal, we have proposed a scheme disaster management as an application of vehicular ad hoc networks. This proposal would help those affected with an automated system using the functionality of smart vehicles, which would correspond to each other through communication from vehicle to vehicle and could communicate with the drive side of the road through the vehicle–infrastructure communications. Our proposed disaster management system is developed as an application of existing communication system. © Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2019.