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Introduction to Emergency Management

Learn about the discipline of emergency management as it has developed over the past six decades, including the rapid evolution of the field since the turn of the century. Haddow, Bullock, and Coppola bring the ideal combination of practical and academic experience to their presentation of disaster preparedness, 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.

Hardbound, 424 Pages

Published: October 2010

Imprint: Butterworth Heinemann

ISBN: 978-1-85617-959-1


  • "Drawing heavily on recent case studies, this book examines emergency management as practiced in the United States at the federal level and by state and local agencies. The most recent disasters are covered, and up-to-date information on the role of emergency management agencies under the Obama administration is provided."--Foreign Service Journal, October 2011

    "Contained within this monograph are details and descriptions of contemporary emergency management practices and strategies, as well as descriptions of the key players involved in emergency management both within the United States and around the world. The authors' intent is to provide the reader with a working knowledge of how the functions of comprehensive emergency management operate and the influence they can have on everyday life. New to the fourth edition are an expanded coverage of risk management and disaster communications, more material on mitigation of disasters, and current information on the role of FEMA in the Obama administration."

    "In this beginner’s guide to emergency management, Haddock, Bullock, and Coppola provide a well-rounded approach that fulfills the requirements of an introductory textbook. Their comments and assessments of the progress of emergency management lead the reader from early historical events-such as an 1803 New Hampshire fire-to some post-Katrina changes that affected national and local planning. The book reviews some of the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its current organizational structure. This well referenced book is formatted to stimulate the reader to seek more information on this valuable subject and is a good starting point. The authors appear to be knowledgeable and experienced and have put together a well organized book."--Security Management


  • 1. The Historical Context of Emergency Management
    2. Natural and Technological Hazards and Risk Assessment
    3. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Mitigation 
    4. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Preparedness
    5. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Communications
    6. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Response
    7. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Recovery
    8. International Disaster Management
    9. Emergency Management and the Terrorist Threat
    10. The Future of Emergency Management
    Appendix A: Acronyms
    Appendix B: Emergency Management Web Sites
    Appendix C: Ready.Gov Citizen Preparedness Recommendations
    Appendix D: A Day in the Life of Homeland Security


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