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Introduction to Emergency Management - 7th Edition - ISBN: 9780128171394, 9780128171400

Introduction to Emergency Management

7th Edition

Authors: Jane Bullock George Haddow Damon Coppola
Paperback ISBN: 9780128171394
eBook ISBN: 9780128171400
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 14th April 2020
Page Count: 560
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Introduction to Emergency Management, Seventh Edition, sets the standard for excellence in the field and has educated a generation of emergency managers. This long-trusted resource provides a broad overview of the key aspects of the emergency management profession. Readers will gain an understanding of why the emergency management profession exists, what actions its professionals and practitioners are tasked with performing, and what achievements are sought through the conduct of these various efforts. Students and new professionals alike will further gain an enhanced understanding of key terminology and concepts that enable them to work with emergency management specialists.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes climate change as a key hazard faced by disaster managers
  • Includes coverage of social media as a critical tool in emergency management
  • Contains updated ancillaries, new examples, and case studies throughout


Undergraduate and graduate students of emergency management; professionals participating in continuing education; practicing professionals in emergency planning and risk management

Table of Contents

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. 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


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About the Authors

Jane Bullock

Jane A. Bullock served more than 20 years in support of Federal emergency management efforts, culminating as the Chief of Staff at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Director James Lee Witt. In this position Ms. Bullock served as principal advisor to the Director on all Agency programmatic and administrative activities; provided advice and recommendations to the Director on policies required to carry out the mission of the agency; managed the day-to-day operations of the Agency; directed, monitored, and evaluated Agency strategic and communication processes; and oversaw administration of the Agency’s resources, including the disaster relief fund. In 2001, Ms. Bullock co-founded the disaster management consulting firm Bullock & Haddow LLC. She currently serves on the governing boards of the National Earthquake Hazards Program, the Earthquake Engineering Research Center, and others.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founding partner, Bullock and Haddow LLC; Former Chief of Staff to the Director of FEMA

George Haddow

George Haddow

George Haddow currently serves as a Senior Fellow and an Adjunct Professor at the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Prior to joining academia, Mr. Haddow worked for eight years in the Office of the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as the White House Liaison and the deputy Chief of Staff. He is a founding partner of Bullock & Haddow LLC, a disaster management consulting firm.

Affiliations and Expertise

Founding partner, Bullock and Haddow LLC; Adjunct Professor, Homeland Security Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, USA

Damon Coppola

Damon P. Coppola is the founder of Shoreline Risk LLC and a Partner with Bullock & Haddow LLC. He has extensive experience in disaster management capacity development, disaster risk management, and planning through his work with the United Nations; the World Bank Group; The US Federal Emergency Management Agency; and the US Army Corps of Engineers, among others. Mr. Coppola serves as a Senior Disaster Management Specialist at the Hawaii-based Pacific Disaster Center and is a faculty member at Loma Linda University and the University of Hawaii. He holds an M.E.M in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management from George Washington University and an A.R.M. from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters.

Affiliations and Expertise

Partner, Bullock and Haddow LLC, Singapore


"The goal of risk management is to reduce risk—not to an unrealistic zero, but to an acceptable level. In the absence of critical thinking, fear-based decision making may occur. […] The seventh edition of Introduction to Emergency Management can help point the way to better risk decisions.

Readers of this book will learn about the emergency management process, the tools to establish and manage crises, and what is and is not realistic.

For students, the book includes a staggering amount of introductory information with plenty of detail—enough for various instructors to pick and choose what to focus on when presenting the material. Learning objectives, case studies, critical thinking questions, class exercises, additional references, and points of research enable learning.

For the emergency planner, the book details the classic emergency management process of hazard identification via risk assessment and provides information on the mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery stages.

For the responder, discussions of the incident command system, communication (including social media), leadership, critical thinking, and partnering with the media will be useful.

Contents are laid out in a logical manner, but the reader can also jump to one of the self-contained chapters. While most of the book has an American viewpoint, it does include occasional references to non-U.S. events, as well as a chapter on international disaster management.

This book has almost everything a reader could want to know about the emergency management process."

  • Dr. Glen Kitteringham, CPP, President, Kitteringham Security Group Inc.. Excerpted from "Book Review: Introduction to Emergency Management, 7th Edition" in Security Management Magazine (ASIS Online, Jan 2021). Full review available at:

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