Decision Making in Emergency Management

Decision Making in Emergency Management

1st Edition - November 20, 2019

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  • Authors: Jan Glarum, Carl Adrianopoli
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128157695
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163139

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Decision-Making in Emergency Management examines decisions the authors have made over their careers based on their combined training, experience and instinct. Through a broad range of case studies, readers discover how experience impacts decision-making in conjunction with research and tools available. While the use of science, data and industry standards are always the best option when it comes to handling emergency situations, not all emergency situations fit one known solution. This book comprehensively explores the question "Is ‘instinct’ a viable factor when faced with a challenging situation and how close does it match up with the best science available?"

Key Features

  • Includes case studies from natural and manmade disasters, providing readers with decision-making skills in various global settings
  • Provides readers the opportunity to learn from someone else’s decisions
  • Inspires emergency response personnel to continuously pursue learning, question their strategies and apply changes as appropriate


Emergency Management and Healthcare personnel in any hospital setting, Emergency Medical Service (EMS) Personnel, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Personnel, Public health organizations. Additional audiences may be found in field response assets such as Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMATs), or any medical-focused Mission Ready Package team affiliated with the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) utilized by all states. Postgraduate students and researchers in EM, Resilience and Business Continuity

Table of Contents

  • 1. Emergencies, Disasters and Catastrophic Events Defined
    2. Common Mistakes in Decision Making During Events
    3. Money is Not the Problem or Solution
    4. Does NIMS and the ICS Work for Major Event Management
    5. Silos Will Get Someone Killed
    6. None of Us Are as Smart as All of Us
    7. The Role of Training and Experience in Decision Making at Major Events
    8. Why Disaster Exercises are a Problem
    9. US/European Approach
    10. Socio-economic Disparities
    11. Case Studies

Product details

  • No. of pages: 273
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2019
  • Published: November 20, 2019
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128157695
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128163139

About the Authors

Jan Glarum

Jan Glarum has over 35 years of experience in the fields of EMS, Fire, Law Enforcement, Hospital, Public Health, and Emergency Management, including response to federally declared disasters. His experience includes an extensive background in planning, training, education and response at the local, county, regional, state and federal government levels, including Department of Defense initiatives CONUS and OCONUS. In 1999, he became a founding member of Oregon’s Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT) and continues his association with the team.

He has co-authored a number of books including Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Hospital Emergency Response Teams, Pandemic Influenza and a Homeland Security Field Guide. Additionally, he has written numerous articles on emergency and disaster planning and response. He serves as a subject matter expert and speaker on emergency management, disaster planning, and has led hospital emergency response team development for hazardous materials events. He has developed a number of Incident Command System courses for hospital personnel to create operationally competent Incident Management Team members.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emergency Response Consultant, Alcoa, TN, USA

Carl Adrianopoli

Dr. Adrianopoli is an experienced professional with over 20 years of responsibility for managing and responding to public health and medical consequences of natural and man-made disasters including chemical, biological, nuclear, radioactive, and explosive weapons of mass destruction. He was chosen as co-Project Manager to locate and secure all personnel, real estate, and medical/logistic assets then in FEMA and to return them to the US Department of the Health & Human Services.

Affiliations and Expertise

Disaster Responder / Operations, Administrator, and Emergency Management Coordinator, Wilmette, IL, USA

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