John Handmer, Stephen Dovers's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Policies and Institutions PDF


By John Handmer, Stephen Dovers

ISBN-10: 1435602560

ISBN-13: 9781435602564

ISBN-10: 1844073599

ISBN-13: 9781844073597

Mess ups either traditional and human-induced are resulting in spiralling expenditures by way of human lives, misplaced livelihoods and broken resources and companies. but those effects and the monetary and human crises that stick to catastrophes can frequently be traced to rules unsuited to the rising scales of the issues they confront, and the inability of institutional skill to enforce making plans and prevention or to regulate mess ups. This booklet seeks to beat this mismatch and to steer improvement of a coverage and institutional framework. For the 1st time it brings jointly right into a coherent framework the insights of public coverage, institutional layout and emergency and catastrophe administration.

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It was assumed, and in many cases asserted, that planning and preparations were thorough and would be effective. It was well known from the various disaster planning scenarios that a car-based evacuation would leave some 100,000 stranded. This occurred and those stranded were also those who had played the most limited role in previous emergency planning – marginalized or poor residents and tourists. The stranded were eventually evacuated to points scattered throughout the US. The media and state and local officials gave full ownership of the resulting problems to the US federal government and particularly to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The media became a circus, with what was described on the BBC as a ‘clash between the face of modern media and global communications and the people of a very remote, very poor, rural lifestyle’. However, the truth is that without the media presence, few in the world would have known about the enormity of this disaster. Like most disasters, there are stories of triumph of the human spirit: in this case, of the communities and their ability to cope despite the damage. 5 million more, approximately 12 per cent of the nation’s population.

In rich countries, this is well demonstrated by just-in-time food and energy distribution systems that may be highly vulnerable to disruption. Conversely, advancing technology means that telecommunication systems may now have built-in redundancy through the parallel use of landlines and mobile phones. Our argument is not for built-in inefficiency, but for consideration of the impacts of failure and the use of ‘fail-safe’ design where appropriate – some of this may come from harnessing informal or community capacity.

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