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2nd Edition

Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management

ISBN 9781498788519
Published May 1, 2017 by Routledge
364 Pages

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Book Description

Designed to enable practitioners and students to evaluate a variety of real-life emergencies from every angle, this new edition of Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management provides clear, thorough, step-by-step descriptions of more than 50 major disasters or emergencies. Arranged chronologically, the case studies involve incidents from around the globe, with topics including natural disasters, industrial accidents, epidemics, and terrorist attacks. A series of questions throughout each case study encourages the reader to think critically about the problem at hand, to select a course of action, and to then see the results of the decisions that were made.  This hands-on approach invites practitioners and students to apply learned theoretical emergency management techniques in a safe test environment.

Case Studies in Disaster Response and Emergency Management, 2e provides readers with the most modern and current case studies in disaster response and emergency management and can be used in group project settings, as individual homework assignments in training courses for first responders, law enforcement, and government employees, or to complement existing emergency management textbooks in Public Administration, Public Management, and Public Affairs programs. 

Table of Contents

Foreword by Allen Barnes

Foreword by Ted Benavides

Foreword by Mark Hall-Patton


Chapter One: Guidelines and General Information for Public Officials and Administrators

Section 1: Natural Disasters

Chapter Two: Case Studies: Disasters from Natural Forces – Fires

Chapter Three: Disasters from Natural Causes – Hurricanes

Chapter Four: Case Studies: Disasters from Natural Forces – Floods

Chapter Five: Case Studies: Disasters from Natural Forces – Tornadoes

Chapter Six: Disasters from Natural Forces – Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Chapter Seven: Disasters from Natural Sources – Other Weather, Animal, and Viral Phenomena

Section 2: Man-Made Disasters

Chapter Eight: Man-Made Disasters – Industrial Accidents

Chapter Nine: Case Studies: Man-Made Disasters – Transportation Accidents

Chapter Ten: Case Studies: Man-Made Disasters – Structural Failure

Section 3: Terrorism and Criminal Acts

Chapter Eleven: Disasters from Criminal or Terrorist Acts – Bombings and Explosives

Chapter Twelve: Case Studies: Disasters from Criminal or Terrorist Acts – Shootings and Riots

Chapter Thirteen: Disasters from Criminal or Terrorist Acts: Biological and Chemical Attacks

Section 4: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Disasters

Chapter Fourteen: Case Studies: Man-Made Disasters – Nuclear, Biotoxins, or Chemicals

Section 5: Disasters Occurring in Museums, Libraries and Archives

Chapter Fifteen: Case Studies: Disasters Occurring at Museums, Libraries and Archives

Section 6: Final Thoughts

Chapter Sixteen: Conclusion


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Nicolas A. Valcik is Director of Institutional Research at West Virginia University, USA and is author of several books including Practical Human Resources for Public Managers (2011), Hazardous Materials Compliance for Public Research Organizations (2013), Non-Profit Organizations: Real Issues for Public Administrators (2015), and Strategic Planning and Decision-Making for Public and Non-Profit Organizations (2016).

Paul E. Tracy is Professor and Doctoral Program Coordinator in the Criminology and Justice Studies program at University of Massachusetts, Lowell, USA.