Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States

Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States

by Kathleen J. Tierney, Michael K. Lindell, Ronald W. Perry
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0309069998

ISBN-13: 9780309069991

Pub. Date: 11/06/2001

Publisher: National Academies Press

Facing the Unexpected presents the wealth of information derived fromdisasters around the world over the past 25 years. The authors explore how these findings can improve disaster programs, identify remaining research needs, and discuss disaster within the broader context of sustainable development.

How do different people think about disaster? Are we

Overview

Facing the Unexpected presents the wealth of information derived fromdisasters around the world over the past 25 years. The authors explore how these findings can improve disaster programs, identify remaining research needs, and discuss disaster within the broader context of sustainable development.

How do different people think about disaster? Are we more likely to panic or to respond with altruism? Why are 110 people killed in a Valujet crash considered disaster victims while the 50,000 killed annually in traffic accidents in the U.S. are not? At the crossroads of social, cultural, and economic factors, this book examines these and other compelling questions.

The authors review the influences that shape the U.S. governmental system for disaster planning and response, the effectiveness of local emergency agencies, and the level of professionalism in the field. They also compare technological versus natural disaster and examine the impact of technology on disaster programs.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780309069991
Publisher:
National Academies Press
Publication date:
11/06/2001
Series:
Natural Hazards and Disasters: Reducing Loss and Building Sustainability in a Hazardous World: A Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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