Introduction to Emergency Management (Google eBook)
Butterworth-Heinemann, Oct 12, 2010 - Business & Economics - 424 pages
Introduction to Emergency Management, Fourth Edition, offers a practical guide to the discipline of emergency management. It focuses on the domestic emergency management system of the United States, highlighting the lessons and emerging trends that are applicable to emergency management systems in other parts of the world.
The book begins by tracing the historical development of emergency management from the 1800s to the present world of homeland security. It then discusses the hazards faced by emergency management and the methods of assessing hazard risk; the function of mitigation and the strategies and programs emergency management or other disciplines use to reduce the impact of disasters; and emergency management preparedness.
The book also covers the importance of communication in the emergency management of the twenty-first century; the functions and processes of disaster response; government and voluntary programs aimed at helping people and communities rebuild in the aftermath of a disaster; and international emergency management. It also addresses the impact of September 11, 2001 on traditional perceptions of emergency management; and emergency management in the post-9/11, post-Katrina environment.
* Expanded coverage of risk management * Enhanced coverage of disaster communications, including social networking sites like Twitter * More material on mitigation of disasters * Up-to-date information on the role of FEMA in the Obama administration
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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