Case Studies in Disaster Mitigation and Prevention

Case Studies in Disaster Mitigation and Prevention

Disaster and Emergency Management: Case Studies in Adaptation and Innovation series

1st Edition - December 3, 2022

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  • Editors: Himanshu Grover, Tanveer Islam, Jean Slick
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128095287
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095393

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Case Studies in Disaster Mitigation and Prevention: Disaster and Emergency Management: Case Studies in Adaptation and Innovation series presents cases illustrating efforts to reduce human and material losses associated with disasters. This volume demonstrates that mitigation is an ongoing phase in which communities continually pursue long-term hazard resistance and reduction. Cases illustrate the importance of risk assessment in the development of mitigation strategies through hazard mapping and multi-hazard mitigation planning. Cases also illustrate approaches to reduction risk through structural and non-structural means, giving consideration to benefits or limitations of these strategies in different contexts. The contributions of different mitigation activities to disaster risk reduction efforts are examined using the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Key Features

  • Presents in-depth cases studies in disaster mitigation, one of the phases of disaster management
  • Unites practice and research from multiple disciplines to highlight the complexity of disaster mitigation, including environmental and earth sciences, engineering, public health, geography, sociology, and anthropology
  • Examines policy and ethical dilemmas faced by decision makers in disaster situations


Researchers in disaster and emergency management, secondary audience as supplemental text in graduate courses in disaster and emergency management

Table of Contents

  • Historical Perspectives on the State of Mitigation Practices
    1. Current and Future Directions in Hazard Mitigation Policy, by Alessandra Jerolleman

    Mitigation Decision Making
    2. Reducing Risk Through Public Engagement in Hazard Mitigation Plans, by Ponmile Olonilua
    3. Community Based Disaster Mitigation and Preparedness Strategies in Rural Communities, by Tanya Buhler Corbin
    4. Planning through Narratives: Participatory Tool and Disaster Risk Reduction, by Md Yousuf Reja

    Emerging Issues
    5. Odisha Disaster Recovery Project, by Garima Jain and Teja Malladi
    6. Water Sensitive Mexico City, by Adriana Chavez and Victor Rico
    7. Futureproofing New York City Housing, by Laurie Schoeman
    8. EMcounter, by Satchit Balsari
    9. Planning for Resilient Urban Infrastructure, by Nadia Mian

Product details

  • No. of pages: 250
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2022
  • Published: December 3, 2022
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128095287
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128095393

About the Editors

Himanshu Grover

Himanshu Grover is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urban Design and Planning at the University of Washington. His research focuses primarily on the fields of disaster and emergency management (DEM), and community resilience. He has authored and co-authored more than 20 articles and book chapters in these fields, contributed to the development of graduate and undergraduate coursework, received state and federal funding, and presently co-leads a national level research center focusing of hazard mitigation and disaster prevention.

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, Department of Urban Design and Planning, University of Washington, USA

Tanveer Islam

Tanveer Islam is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Emergency Management and Public Administration at Jacksonville State University, where he teaches hazard mitigation, community resilience and GIS courses. He received a PhD in land use planning from Texas Tech University and did postdoctoral research at Texas A&M marine branch in Galveston and at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Environmental Cooperative Science Center. He is also a certified floodplain manager.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Chair, Department of Emergency Management, Jacksonville State University, AL, USA

Jean Slick

Jean Slick is an Associate Professor in the Disaster and Emergency Management program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. Her doctoral research examined the use of cases in teaching in disaster and emergency management higher education programs. Her current research explores how the use of digital technologies and social media are shaping the characteristics of emergent response to disasters. Before joining Royal Roads in 2009, she held a range of leadership positions with the Canadian Red Cross in her 28 years with the organization, which included responding to disasters in domestic and international contexts.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Disaster and Emergency Management, Royal Roads University, Victoria, Canada

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