An all-hazards, multidisciplinary approach to emergency management
Most emergency management texts focus on the short-term response to specific threats. This book suggests that it is time for a different approach, one that is supported by social science and by new national standards for emergency management programs. This approach is based on the concept that emergency management is a distributed process, one that must be collectively performed by the community. Emergency management must be integrated with other community goals and as such, must be perceived as adding value to the community by helping the community manage overall risk.
This community-wide approach also holds implications for the emergency manager. Instead of a technical expert on emergency operations, the emergency manager becomes a program coordinator whose job is to facilitate the development of a community emergency management strategy and oversee its implementation. This focus on strategy allows all the various components of the emergency management program to work together to achieve a common vision of community resilience.
The text begins with historical and social science perspectives on emergency management, and then delves into the historical and evolving roles of the emergency manager. Following a broad discussion on establishing an effective emergency management program, the text explores its individual components, including:
Throughout the discussion, case studies are used to illustrate both successful and unsuccessful applications of emergency management principles.
The need for effective emergency management is clear. This book provides a comprehensive, coordinated approach that is essential for all emergency program managers and anyone tasked with the critical assignment of emergency preparedness and response in either the public or private sector.