Catastrophic Disaster Planning and Response

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CRC Press, Jul 20, 2010 - Political Science - 401 pages
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Presenting cutting-edge domestic and international approaches, Catastrophic Disaster Planning and Response explains how to effectively plan for and manage the consequences of a catastrophe. Recognizing that a business-as-usual approach to preparing for and responding to such events is doomed to fail, the book fills a gap in emergency management education. It introduces the many considerations that influence how we plan for and respond to large-scale catastrophes and how it differs from preparing for smaller-scale emergencies.

Written by a recognized expert in emergency management, this volume is a thorough study of the planning process and response procedures for catastrophic disasters. Topics discussed include:

  • The history of catastrophic events, both in and outside the United States
  • How catastrophes differ from disasters and emergencies and how they are all part of the emergency management continuum
  • The varying definitions of catastrophes and their political and societal implications
  • The main ethical and value dilemmas that one will likely face before, during, and after a catastrophe
  • The legal framework associated with government response to catastrophes
  • The post-catastrophic environment that an emergency manager might experience, with a focus on logistics, critical infrastructure, mass care, and mass evacuation
  • Planning strategies and skills an emergency manager can employ to mitigate the effects of such an event
  • The use of crisis leadership skills and how to lead and influence others in a catastrophic situation

Recent major events provide valuable lessons that demonstrate the characteristics of a catastrophic disaster, the special issues of response and recovery, and the necessary preparation on international, national, and local levels. Offering best practices using recent real-world case studies, the book provides a foundation for continued study and critical reflection.

Catastrophic Disaster Planning and Response is one of only two books utilized by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in their elite 2010 Flag Office/SES Executive Change Leadership Program (ECL) curriculum. The ECL program develops the executive leadership skills of USCG Admiral-selects awaiting Senate confirmation, as well as members of the Department of Homeland Security's federal Senior Executive Service (SES), which in 2010 included representatives from the U.S. Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the U.S. Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services, and FEMA.

Readily adaptable for classroom use, this cutting-edge professional reference provides qualifying instructors with access to teaching materials and a test bank.


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Section I Introduction to Catastrophic Planning and Response
Chapter 1 The Definition and History of Catastrophes
Chapter 2 How Catastrophes Differ from Disasters
Section II Ethical Politicaland Legal Issues
Chapter 3 Ethics
Chapter 4 Political and Legal Issues
Section III Operational Issues
Chapter 5 Logistics
Chapter 8 Mass Evacuation and Relocation
Response Recovery and Reconstruction
Chapter 9 Response Planning
Chapter 10 Recovery and Reconstruction Planning
Section V Essential Leadership Skills for Successful Catastrophe Management
Chapter 11 Essential Leadership Skills for Successful Catastrophe Management
V Conclusion
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Chapter 6 Critical Infrastructure Key Resources CIKR
Chapter 7 Mass Care

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Clifford Oliver, CEM, CBCP, is a member of the Federal Senior Executive Service and is director of the Acquisition Program and Planning Branch in FEMA’s Acquisition Management Division. Prior to occupying this position, he held numerous management and senior technical positions within FEMA, including overseeing the temporary housing program during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita emergency responses. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland, University College in the Homeland Security and Emergency Management programs. He has BS and MS degrees from the University of Maryland and is currently pursuing his Ph.D.

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