Introduction to Emergency Management (Google eBook)
Butterworth-Heinemann, Oct 12, 2010 - Business & Economics - 424 pages
Learn the principles of effective emergency management as they have developed over the past six decades, including the rapid evolution of the field in this century. Haddow, Bullock, and Coppola bring the ideal combination of practical and academic experience to their analysis of the phases of disaster planning, mitigation, response, recovery and communications. Extensive case studies cover the latest disasters, offering ample opportunity for current students and practitioners to build their critical thinking skills and grow into the next generation of leaders in this increasingly important profession.
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This book has a biased opinion toward democratic political leaders. While it praises the Clinton era, it bashes in a very deliberate tone those who are Republican. Leaders such as George H. Bush, George W. Bush and even Ronald Reagan to name a few. All of that was in the first two chapters. I don't mind anyone being critical of either party. What I dislike is this book is required for my graduate class. Pushing political bias isn't something I wish to "learn" about in school. Nor should it be a requirement to read books like this.
This book suffers from so many obvious factual and proofreading errors, that it makes me wonder what errors it contains that aren't so obvious.
For example, it states that the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area interrupted the start of the World Series at the Oakland Stadium, when in fact it interrupted the start of Game 3 of the series, which was being held at Candlestick Park near San Francisco. On the "proofreading" front, EVERY instance in the book of the word "FEMA" is preceded by a comma (i.e., it reads "<whatever>, FEMA" rather than "<whatever> FEMA"), regardless of whether that is an appropriate place for a comma or not.
As I said, while these errors are not especially important in and of themselves, they make me wonder what other errors there are in the book.
It's also clear from reading this book that, while the authors may have extensive policy and political experience, they have relatively little "feet on the ground" practical experience.
Chapter 2 Natural and Technological Hazards and Risk Assessment
Chapter 8 International Disaster Management
Chapter 10 The Future of Emergency Management
Emergency Management Websites
Readygov Citizen Preparedness Recommendations
A Day in the Life of Homeland Security
Chapter 9 Emergency Management and the Terrorist Threat