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1st Edition

Disaster Management Handbook

Edited By

Jack Pinkowski

ISBN 9781420058628
Published January 22, 2008 by CRC Press
624 Pages 18 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Record breaking hurricane seasons, tornados, tsunamis, earthquakes, and intentional acts of mass-casualty violence, give lie to the delusion that disasters are the anomaly and not the norm. Disaster management is rooted in the fundamental belief that we can protect ourselves. Even if we cannot control all the causes, we can prepare and respond. We can craft constructive, workable policy that will contribute to the prevention of enormous financial impact, destruction of the environment, and needless loss of life.
Integrating scholarly articles from international experts and first hand accounts from the practitioner community, Disaster Management Handbook presents an analytical critique of the interrelated, multidisciplinary issues of preparedness, response, and recovery in anticipating and rebuilding from disasters. Beginning with an introduction to the theoretical constructs and conceptual foundations of disaster management, the book reviews the relationship of modern development to disaster vulnerability, the politics of disaster management, leadership, and the role of agency coordination. The second and third sections examine case studies and lessons learned through natural disasters in North America and around the world. They compare and contrast the efficacy of different management strategies from national, provincial, and local governments, as well as non-governmental agencies.
Taking a narrower scope, the fourth section focuses on emergency personnel and the methods and issues faced in on-the-scene response and preparation. It also considers the special needs of hospitals and the effective use of the media. Contributions in the final two sections present strategies for limiting and ameliorating the psychological impact of disaster on victims and personnel, and look forward to how we can be better prepared in the future and rebuild stronger, more resilient communities.

Table of Contents

Introduction, theoretical constructs, and conceptual foundations
Development and Disaster Preparedness: The Delusion of Preparedness in the Face of Overwhelming Forces, J. Pinkowski
Rising Disasters and their Reversal: An Identification of Vulnerability and Ways to Reduce It, R. Misomali and D. McEntire
The Politics of Disaster Management: The Evolution of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, M.R. Daniels
Katrina and her Waves: Presidential Leadership, Intergovernmental Disaster Management, and Hurricane Response and Recovery, B. Gerber and D.B. Cohen
The Role of Coordination in Disaster Management, R. Prizzia
A Different Approach to Disaster Recovery: Alaskan Earthquake Disaster Recovery, D. Ink
Hurricane Hugo: Two StatesResponses to the Disaster, N.S. Lind and P. Lafeber
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: The Critical Role of the Nonprofit Community in the San Antonio Disaster Response, S.A. Palomo-Gonzalez and D. Rahm
Small Town Disaster Management: Lessons Learned from Katrina in Mississippi, J. Pinkowski and G. Bass
Emergency Contracting for Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans Gulf Area, M.M. Dickens Johnson
Debris Disposal and Recycling for the Cedar and Paradise Wildfires in San Diego, O. Debraal and  W.T. Williams
Disaster in the United States and Canada: The Case of the Red River, D.R. Kemp
Variability of Natural Hazard Risk in the European Alps: Evidence from Damage Potential Exposed to Snow Avalanches, S. Fuchs and M. Keiler
Disaster Management Structure in Turkey: Away from a Reactive and Paternalistic Approach? N.E. Ganapati
HIV/AIDS in Africa: Botswanas Response to the Pandemic, K.C. Sharma and T. Seleke
Toward Disaster Resilient Communities: A New Approach for India, Africa, and South Asia, U. Medury
National Incident Management System: Bringing Order to Chaos, B.J. Moeller
Hospital Emergency Preparedness, N.V. Cagliuso, E.J. Lazar,
A.N. Lazar, and L.J. Berger
Media Relations and External Communications during a Disaster, M. Lee
Responding to Natural Disasters: An Increased Military Response and Its Impact on Public Policy Administration, D.S. Miller, M. Pavelchak, R. Burnside, and J.D. Rivera
Military Involvement in Disaster Response, J. Levinson
Disaster Management and Populations with Special Needs, S.J. Penner and C. Wachsmuth
Disaster Psychology: A Dual Perspective, G. Coultman-Smith
Managing the Spontaneous Volunteer, B.J. Gallant
First Responders and Workforce Protection, P.J. Havice-Cover
Disaster Rehabilitation: Towards a New Perspective, A. Dhameja
The Half-Full Glass: How a Community Can Successfully Come Back Better and Stronger Post-Disaster, D.W. Sears and J.N. Reid
The Role of Training in Disaster Management: The Case of Hawaii, R. Prizzia
Disaster Management and Intergovernmental Relations, P. LaFeber and N.S. Lind
Issues in Hospital Preparedness, R. Powers
Strategic Planning for Emergency Managers, R. Sturgis Index

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