Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism: How Bureaucracies Reacted to the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing

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On April 19, 1995 a bomb destroyed the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. Leaving 168 dead and 800 wounded, this shocking terrorist attack on US soil was a tragic and important event in American history. The reaction to the Oklahoma City bombing offers and excellent case study of the implementation of emergency response polices and practices after a major disaster.

Emergency Response to Domestic Terrorism provides a detailed analysis of how the response unfolded on that fateful day. It is a unique work in that it uses the words of emergency, responders who were actually on the scene to integrate, challenge, and support the emergency response arguments of many disciplines. Interviews with personnel from the Fire Department, Police Department, EMS, hospitals, media, Highway Patrol and other agencies, provide valuable insights into the challenges faced by those who were responsible for bringing order out of chaos. The book examines the actions, cultures, structures, training, and networking of bureaucracies that may help or hinder emergency response efforts. This kind of in-depth analysis of emergency response plans and actions will provide invaluable insights to the response community and other bureaucracies on what happened that day-leading to improved policies and implementation for future disasters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826430731
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 11/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Alethia Cook is Assistant Director of the Security Studies Program at East Carolina University. As an assistant professor in the Political Science Department, Dr. Cook teaches courses in terrorism and response to terrorism.
She has published a book and many chapters and articles on national security and federal-state-local relationships in national security decision-making.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables viii

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations x

Chapter 1 Bureaucratic Response to Disasters: Issues and Methods 1

Chapter 2 Disaster, Chaos, and Response: First Arrival at the Murrah Building Scene 20

Chapter 3 Emergency Response Challenges 33

Chapter 4 Response as a Street-Level Phenomenon 51

Chapter 5 Response Bureaucracies' Tasks and Goals 66

Chapter 6 Conclusions: Lessons Learned and Reinforced 83

Appendix A Interviews Conducted 101

Appendix B Interview Questionnaires 103

Bibliography 115

Index 123

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