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Handbook of Emergency Response
A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach

ISBN 9781138077331
Published March 29, 2017 by CRC Press
758 Pages 143 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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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"… 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