Disaster Response

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Overview

Each volume of the Facts On File Library in a Book series is carefully designed to be a first-stop research source on important current issues. Written clearly and carefully so that even the most complex aspects of the topic are easily understandable, the books give the reader the essential information to begin work, plus the research tools needed to delve more deeply into the issues. Each book includes a history of the subject, biographical information on important figures in the field, a complete annotated bibliography, and a carefully designed index-everything the researcher needs to get down to work.

It is impossible to avoid the constant media barrage of reports detailing human-made and natural disasters and amplifying the threat of such disasters. Beyond the news headlines, recent disasters have prompted the restructuring of the U.S. government, namely, the formation of the Department of Homeland Security and the reorganization of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). With the ever-present prospect of disaster from hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, landslides, drought, winter storms, nuclear accidents, terrorist attacks, and chemical contamination, the role of government in protecting the population seems more important than ever. Disaster Response provides an overview of the history of the topic and issues surrounding it, ranging from natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina, to terrorist attacks, such as those that occurred on September 11, 2001. Documents such as Disaster Assistance Available from FEMA and contemporary court cases such as Lyng, Secretary of Agriculture, et al. v. Payne, et al. are included. These and other documentsprovide multiple perspectives and decisions surrounding this issue while also plotting a course for the future of disaster response.

About the Author:
Fred C. Pampel is currently a professor of sociology at the University of Colorado, Boulder

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816070237
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Series: Library in a Book Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 14 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents


Overview of the Topic
Introduction to Disaster Response     3
The Law and Disaster Response     93
Chronology     115
Biographical Listing     131
Glossary     139
Guide to Further Research
How to Research Disaster Response     145
Annotated Bibliography     157
Organizations and Agencies     219
Appendices
30 Tips for Emergency Preparedness     233
Disaster Assistance Available from FEMA     247
Selections from the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (Public Law 93-288) as Amended     253
FEMA Organizational Chart     277
Index     280
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