Introduction to Emergency Management, Fourth Edition, offers a practical guide to the discipline of emergency management. It focuses on the domestic emergency management system of the United States, highlighting the lessons and emerging trends that are applicable to emergency management systems in other parts of the world. The book begins by tracing the historical development of emergency management from the 1800s to the present world of homeland security. It then discusses the hazards faced by emergency management and the methods of assessing hazard risk; the function of mitigation and the strategies and programs emergency management or other disciplines use to reduce the impact of disasters; and emergency management preparedness. The book also covers the importance of communication in the emergency management of the twenty-first century; the functions and processes of disaster response; government and voluntary programs aimed at helping people and communities rebuild in the aftermath of a disaster; and international emergency management. It also addresses the impact of September 11, 2001 on traditional perceptions of emergency management; and emergency management in the post-9/11, post-Katrina environment.

Key Features

    * Expanded coverage of risk management
    * Enhanced coverage of disaster communications, including social networking sites like Twitter
    * More material on mitigation of disasters
    * Up-to-date information on the role of FEMA in the Obama administration


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    Table of Contents

    Foreword Acknowledgments Introduction 1. The Historical Context of Emergency Management What You’ll Learn Introduction Early History: 1800 – 1950 The Cold War and the Rise of Civil Defense: the 1950s Changes to Emergency Management: the 1960s The Call for a National Focus on Emergency Management: the 1970s Civil Defense Reappears as Nuclear Attack Planning: the 1980s An Agency in Trouble: 1989 – 1992 The Witt Revolution: 1993 – 2001 Terrorism: 2001 The Steps Leading to the Katrina Debacle Post-Katrina Changes The Future Environment of Emergency Management Important Terms Self-Check Questions Out-of-Class Exercise 2. Natural and Technological Hazards and Risk Assessment What You Will Learn Introduction Natural Hazards Technological Hazards Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Hazards Risk Management Risk Management Technology Social and Economic Risk Factors Conclusion Important Terms Self-Check Questions Out-of-Class Exercises 3. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Mitigation What You’ll Learn Introduction Mitigation Tools Hazard Identification and Mapping Impediments to Mitigation Federal Mitigation Programs The National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program Nonfederal Mitigation Grant Programs Conclusion Important Terms Self-Check Questions Out-of-Class Exercises 4. The Disciplines of Emergency Management: Preparedness What You’ll Learn Introduction A Systems Approach: The Preparedness Cycle Mitigation versus Preparedness Preparedness: The Emergency Operations Plan Education and Training Programs Emergency Management Exercises Evaluation and Improvement Conclusion Important Terms


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    "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