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Handbook of Emergency Response

A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach, 1st Edition

Edited by Adedeji B. Badiru, LeeAnn Racz

CRC Press

758 pages | 143 B/W Illus.

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Despite preemptive preparations, disasters can and do occur. Whether natural disasters, catastrophic accidents, or terrorist attacks, the risk cannot be completely eliminated. A carefully prepared response is your best defense. Handbook of Emergency Response: A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach presents practical advice and guidelines on how to plan the coordinated execution of emergency response.

A useful tool to mitigate logistical problems that often follow disasters or extreme events, the core of this guide is the role of human factors in emergency response project management. The handbook provides a systematic structure for communication, cooperation, and coordination. It highlights what must be done and when, and how to identify the resources required for each effort. The book tackles cutting-edge research in topics such as evacuation planning, chemical agent sensor placement, and riverflow prediction. It offers strategies for establishing an effective training program for first responders and insightful advice in managing waste associated with disasters.

Managing a project in the wake of a tragedy is complicated and involves various emotional, sentimental, reactive, and chaotic responses. This is the time that a structured communication model is most needed. Having a guiding model for emergency response can help put things in proper focus. This book provides that model. It guides you through planning for and responding to various emergencies and in overcoming the challenges in these tasks.


"… logical and quantitative approaches have great values in the emergency response practices. This book is a comprehensive collection of methods and technologies with such approaches. … I recommend this book … we can learn a lot about the systems approach."

—Tomoichi Sato

Table of Contents

Technical Challenges

Robotic Technologies for First Response: A Review, Julie A. Adams

A Practical, Simplified Chemical Agent Sensor Placement Methodology, David A. Smith and David R. Jacques

Harnessing Disruptive Technologies: Quick Systems Engineering for Emergency Response, Brian J. Phillips

An Emerging Framework for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System: Opportunities and Challenges for First Responders and Emergency Management, Robin R. Sobotta

Optimization in Evacuation Route Planning, Gino J. Lim and Mukesh Rungta

Evacuation Planning, Analysis, and Management, Michael K. Lindell

Hierarchical Optimization for Helicopter Mission Planning in Large-Scale Emergencies, Linet Özdamar, Onur Demir, Erdinc Bakır, and Samet Yılmaz Planning and Management of Transportation Systems for Evacuation, P. Brian Wolshon and Vinayak Dixit

Riverflow Prediction for Emergency Response: Military Applications Using Artificial Neural Networks, Bernard B. Hsieh and Mark R. Jourdan

Human Factors Issues

Understanding the Influence of the "Cry Wolf Hypothesis" and "False Alarm Effect" on Public Response to Emergency Warnings, Ann Marie Major and L. Erwin Atwood

Accessible Emergency Management: A Human Factors Engineering Approach, Tonya L. Smith-Jackson, Woodrow W. Winchester, Ali Haskins Lisle, William H. Holbach, Hal Brackett, and Tom Martin

Framework for Preparing for the Unprepared, Kera Z. Watkins, Anuradha Venkateswaran, and Katrina Simon-Agolory

Lest we forget: A Critical Analysis of Bioterrorist Incidents, National Exercises and U.S. Prevention, Response, and Recovery Strategies, Tasha L. Pravecek

Resilience to WMD: Communication and Active Participation are Key, Michelle L. Spencer

First responders: A Biomechanical Evaluation of Supply Distribution, Susan Gaines, Arturo Watlington, III, and Pamela M. Bush

Dynamics and Dangers of Therapeutic Strategies for Organophosphate Poisoning: A Physiologically Based Model, Gregory G. Seaman, Michael L. Shelley, Jeffrey M. Gearhart and David A. Smith

Managerial Models

Coordinated Project Systems Approach to Emergency Response, Adedeji B. Badiru

Overcoming Obstacles to Integrated Response among Incongruent Organizations, Robert K. Campbell

Decisions in Disaster Recovery Operations: A Game Theoretic Perspective on Organization Cooperation, John B. Coles and Jun Zhuang

Integrating Department of Defense Response with Nongovernmental Options during a Disaster, Harley M. Connors, Helen W. Phipps, and Michael J. Surette Jr.

Time is a Murderer: The Cost of Critical Path Drag in Emergency Response, Stephen A. Devaux

Coordination and Control in Emergency Response, John M. Flach, Debra Steele-Johnson, Valerie L. Shalin, and Glenn C. Hamilton

Managing the Complexities of Incident Command, James R. Gruenberg

Begin with the End in Mind: "An All-Hazards Systems Approach to Waste Management Planning for Homeland Security Incidents", Mario E. Ierardi

Creating Effective Response Communications, Tay W. Johannes

Assessing the State of Knowledge about Emergency Management in Other Countries, David A. McEntire

Framework for Real-Time, All-Hazards Global Situational Awareness, Olufemi A. Omitaomu, Steven J. Fernandez, and Budhendra L. Bhaduri

All-Hazards Response Team Preparation: Planning and Training Concepts, Paul S. Pirkle III

Medical Supply Chain Resiliency in Disasters, Jack E. Smith II

Decision Support for Inland Waterways Emergency Response, Heather Nachtmann, Edward A. Pohl, and Leily Farrokhvar


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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Engineering (General)
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety