Essentials in Emergency Management: Including the All-Hazards Approach

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Written for both paid and volunteer emergency managers, Essentials in Emergency Management examines why preparing a basic emergency plan, or "all hazards" plan, for a city, town, or state improves a community's ability to respond more quickly and effectively in an emergency situation than any attempt to prepare dozens of hazard-specific plans. Outlining the various roles and responsibilities that emergency managers have in today's world, author Brian Gallant covers many of the issues these managers encounter and ...

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Overview

Written for both paid and volunteer emergency managers, Essentials in Emergency Management examines why preparing a basic emergency plan, or "all hazards" plan, for a city, town, or state improves a community's ability to respond more quickly and effectively in an emergency situation than any attempt to prepare dozens of hazard-specific plans. Outlining the various roles and responsibilities that emergency managers have in today's world, author Brian Gallant covers many of the issues these managers encounter and provides recommendations and general guidance they can incorporate into any emergency response plan. Readers will learn about the organizational impact and actions needed to counter such natural hazards as floods, wildfires, and weather disasters and such technological hazards as structural fires, hazardous materials releases, water supply contamination, and acts of terrorism. Essentials in Emergency Management examines the Incident Command System (ICS), the new presidential directive dealing with the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS), and the new emergency management concept called the all-hazards approach—the idea that a community's emergency plan follows the same philosophies and actions no matter what the emergency situation—used by most communities, the states, and the federal government. This new handbook also discusses how to manage volunteers and deal with pets in disaster situations and looks at what the rest of the world is doing with respect to emergency management. The appendices include helpful reference materials, checklists, and forms.

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Editorial Reviews

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If pictures tell the story, this book displays an excellent collection of real-life illustrations that enhance reader motivation, and make poignant visual statements.... This excellent book examines the essential elements of basic emergency planning, including the all-hazards planning approach. The author's straightforward writing style outlines an improved community response to major catastrophes, natural hazards, disasteres, and acts of terrorism.... In summary, every library in the nation should include a copy of Essentials in Emergency Management.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780865876323
  • Publisher: Government Institutes
  • Publication date: 5/2/2008
  • Pages: 182
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian J. Gallant is Vice President of Contingency Management Associates, Inc., where he is responsible for all environmental, health and safety training and consulting activities for the MA-based firm. He also serves as an Instructor at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, lecturing in the areas of health and safety, emergency management, OPA 90 training, STCW, Marina Management, as well as several other courses. Gallant is a member of the Barnstable County Deputy Sheriff's Association, the National Association of Fire Investigators, the American Society of Safety Engineers, and is a Certified Hazardous Material Manager. He is also the author of Government Institutes's The Facility Manager's Guide to Environmental Health and Safety.

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Table of Contents


List of Figures and Tables     v
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xi
A History of Emergency Management     1
Emergency Management and the All-Hazards Approach     17
The National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Incident Command System (ICS)     29
Natural Hazards     41
Technological Hazards and Terrorism     57
How to Manage Volunteers     73
Pets and Emergencies     91
International Emergency Management     101
Where Do We Go from Here? EM Issues for the Future     105
Appendixes
Map of FEMA Regions     113
DHS Organization Chart     115
Emergency Management Logo     117
Internet Resources     119
Sample City Ordinance Adopting the NIMS     121
Emergency Support Functions under the National Response Plan     123
Volunteer Application     131
Emergency Management Agency Volunteer Application     135
Emergency Supply Kit     139
Severe Weather Manager's Checklist     141
Emergency Manager Checklist: Emergency Response Plan     143
Evacuation/Drill Record and After Action Report     149
State Offices and Agenciesof Emergency Management     151
Common Emergency Management Acronyms     159
Index     163
About the Author     169
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