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The Future of Disaster Management in the U.S.
Rethinking Legislation, Policy, and Finance

Edited By

Amy LePore




ISBN 9781498700016
Published December 15, 2016 by Routledge
260 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

U.S. congressional debates over the last few years have highlighted a paradox: although research demonstrates that emergencies are most effectively managed at the local level, fiscal support and programmatic management in response to disasters has shifted to the federal level. While the growing complexity of catastrophes may overwhelm local capacities and would seem to necessitate more federal engagement, can a federal approach be sustainable, and can it contribute to local capacity-building?

This timely book examines local capacity-building as well as the current legal, policy and fiscal framework for disaster management, questioning some of the fundamentals of the current system, exploring whether accountability and responsibilities are correctly placed, offering alternative models, and taking stock of the current practices that reflect an effective use of resources in a complex emergency management system. The Future of Disaster Management in the U.S. will be of interest to disaster and emergency managers as well as public servants and policy-makers at all levels tasked with responding to increasingly complex catastrophes of all kinds.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

About the Contributors

Acknowledgments

1 The Centralization of Emergency Management

AMY LEPORE

SECTION I Legislation

2 Intents and Outcomes for Local Businesses in Post-Disaster Contracting under the Stafford Act

CHRISTOPHER L. ATKINSON

3 Revising Federal Disaster Management Policy: Establishing an Officer in Charge

MARC LANDY AND JESSICA GOLEY

4 Assisting Individuals with Access and Functional Needs: The Intersection of Disabilities, Planning and Disaster Policy

MELISSA PINKE, STACEY MANN, AND ELIZABETH TODAK

SECTION II Policy

5 Local Recovery: How Robust Community Rebound Necessarily Comes from the Bottom Up

EMILY CHAMLEE-WRIGHT, STEFANIE HAEFFELE-BALCH, AND VIRGIL HENRY STORR

6 Small Businesses as a Vulnerable Population

MARK R. LANDAHL AND TONYA T. NEAVES

7 Managing Human Capital in Times of Crisis: The Role of Employees in Disaster Management

STACEY C. MANN AND JONATHAN W. GADDY

SECTION III Finance

8 Major Disasters and Private Financing

PETE VLOEDMAN

9 Financial Resiliency by Local Governments to Natural Disasters

ROBERT BLAND, JESSECA E. SHORT, AND SIMON A. ANDREW

10 The Effects of Natural Disasters on Local-Government Finance

ORKHAN ISMAYILOV AND SIMON A. ANDREW

Index

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Biography

Amy LePore is President of Anthem Planning, LLC and past President of the Maryland Emergency Management Association. In 2015 she earned a Ph.D. in Urban Affairs and Public Policy from the University of Delaware, U.S.A. Her research specialization is in federalism, dependence, and emergency management.