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Comparative Emergency Management

Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters, 1st Edition

Edited by DeMond Shondell Miller, Jason David Rivera

CRC Press

470 pages | 52 B/W Illus.

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A host of natural and man-made disasters have plagued the world in the twenty-first century, many with significant global impact. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Indian Ocean tsunami, and Hurricane Katrina all affected broad regions with devastating results. The need for better emergency management policies, procedures, and cooperation among nations is evident. Bringing together contributions from a cadre of international experts, Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters demonstrates ways to recognize and reduce regional infrastructure vulnerability by building secure networks of collaboration within different geographical areas of the world.

Explores issues on all continents

With discrete sections on the Americas, Africa and the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim, the book presents the work of researchers and practitioners who examine ways different societies have responded to environmental threats using innovative methods to cope with their vulnerabilities to disaster. Topics discussed include:

  • A game approach that has been used as an effective tool in the communication of disaster risk information in the Caribbean
  • Efforts to rebuild tourism in New Orleans despite the challenges presented by media coverage of Hurricane Katrina
  • Faith-based organization (FBO) humanitarian assistance in the Muslim world
  • Nongovernmental and community-based responses to the Asian tsunami and the Sumatran earthquake

The book presents a multifaceted study that aims to foster dialogue among policymakers to reduce social vulnerability and build local and regional capacities to withstand environmental assaults. Encouraging creative thinking, it offers ideas and solutions that have been successful in a range of environments worldwide. The authoritative scholarship presented combines interdisciplinary studies that will be valuable to a broad range of fields and professionals.

Table of Contents

Foreword; Jane E. Rovins

Section I:The Americas

Forging Partnerships within Geopolitical Regions of the United States for Mutual Aid and Mass Prophylaxis Intervention; Kathleen O. Vito

Network Governance in Emergency Management in the Caribbean; Philip Duku Osei

Game Approach to Disaster Loss Reduction in Caribbean Multicultural Societies: The Disaster Awareness Game; Virginia Clearveaux and Balfour Spence

Rebuilding a Regional Tourist Image in the Aftermath of Disaster: New Orleans and Hurricane Katrina; Mark Hutter and DeMond S. Miller

Addressing the Future Urban Water Crisis in Southern Ontario: An Ethnographic Look at the Promise of Expert–Lay Collaboration in Water Management Research; Benjamin W. Kelly

Section II: Africa and the Middle East

Critique of Stakeholder Participation and Decision-Making Processes Affecting the Design and Implementation of Transboundary Water Governance Projects Bordering Vulnerable/High Risk States: Lake Chad and Basin, Danube and Tisza River Basin; Filip Aggestam and Stephanie Hodge

Global Food Crisis and African Response: Lessons for Emergency Response Planning; Sheryl L. Hendriks and Scott Drimie

Faith-Based Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Disasters: A Study of South African Muslim Diaspora; Sultan Khan

Analysis of the Interorganizational Cooperation in the Jewish and the Arab Sector in Israel; Alex Altshuler

Role of Schools in Rebuilding Communities after Disaster; Beryl Cheal

Section III: Europe

Citizen Seismology: How to Involve the Public in Earthquake Response; Rémy Bossu, Sébastien Gilles , Gilles Mazet-Roux, and Fréderic Roussel

Social Capital: The Missing Link in Coping with Environmental Disaster; Sotiris Chtouris and Flora Tzelepoglou

Supporting State Agencies in Providing Early Warning Services: A Case Study from Ireland; Ioannis M. Dokas, John Feehan, Stephen Fortier, Franclin Foping, and Syed Imran

Section IV: Asia and the Pacific

NGO and Community-Oriented Disaster Response: Lessons from the Humanitarian Response to the Asian Tsunami in India and the Jogyakarta Earthquake in Indonesia; Patrick Kilby and Kim Williamson

Analysis of the Emergency Response by Business, Government, and the Public During and After a Sour Gas Well Blowout; Chuansheng Jiang and Yunfeng Deng

Section V: Global Challenges and Next Steps for the Twenty-First Century

Collaborative Leadership in Global Health Partnership Strategies of Canadian Research Universities; Anatoly Oleksiyenko

Conclusion: Future of Regional Collaboration

Afterword; J. Steven Picou

Index

About the Editors

DeMond Shondell Miller is a professor of sociology and director of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Institute for Research and Community Service at Rowan University (Glassboro, New Jersey). He has worked as principal investigator to facilitate research projects involving natural and technological disasters, environmental issues, and community satisfaction. His primary area of specialization is environmental sociology (disaster studies and the study of the social construction of place), community development and community organizing, and social impact assessment. He is currently engaged in research on international environmental policy, coastal and maritime sustainable tourism, and the ongoing social impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Jason David Rivera is a research associate in the William J. Hughes Center for Public Policy at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. His research focuses on social vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters with an emphasis on minority experiences. Additionally, his research highlights institutional structures that have historically perpetuated social vulnerability within minority and low income communities. These research findings have been incorporated into policy recommendations that make mitigation, response, and recovery more efficient.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUS073000
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Commerce
LAW041000
LAW / Forensic Science
POL017000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology