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Case Studies in Disaster Response - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128095263

Case Studies in Disaster Response

1st Edition

A volume in the Disaster and Emergency Management: Case Studies in Adaptation and Innovation series

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Editors: Steven Jensen David Johnston
Paperback ISBN: 9780128095263
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 1st June 2021
Page Count: 280
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Case Studies in Disaster Response focuses on the key functions to be performed in the emergency response to a disaster, how these functions are coordinated, and the typical challenges and issues that emerge. Cases address both hazard- and response-generated needs. Also explored are the needs generated by emergent threats (e.g., Ebola crisis), emergent technologies (e.g., social media), and emergent groups (e.g., social innovation teams) that set the stage for innovation and adaption.

Key Features

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


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

Table of Contents

I. Series Introduction, Series Editors Jean Slick and Jane Kushma
II. Disaster Response, David Neal, PhD
a. State-of-the-Practice Knowledge and Competencies
b. Overview of Cases
III. Cases
IV. Volume Conclusion, David Neal, PhD


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About the Editors

Steven Jensen

Dr. Steven Jensen has expertise in emergency services leadership and the emerging patterns of globalized disaster risk management. He brings a field experience from a 30+ year career comprising a variety of international and U.S. disaster risk management settings. The intersection of leadership, hazards and globalization is a focus of his scholarly work and gives him a unique perspective for advancing disaster risk management processes. Dr. Jensen earned his Doctoral degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California. His MS in Emergency Management was received from California State University, and BS in International Studies from Whitworth University. Additionally, he serves as a science advisor to the American Red Cross in disaster risk management.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emergency Services Leadership and Globalized Disaster Risk Management Expert

David Johnston

David Johnston is the Professor of Disaster Management and Director of the Joint Centre for Disaster Research, in the School of Psychology at Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand. His research has developed as part of multi-disciplinary theoretical and applied research programme, involving the collaboration of physical and social scientists from several organisations and countries. His areas of interest focus on human responses to volcano, tsunami, earthquake and weather warnings, crisis decision-making and the role of public education and participation in building community resilience and recovery.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Disaster Management and Director, Joint Centre for Disaster Research, School of Psychology, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand

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