Introduction to International Disaster Management

2nd Edition

Print ISBN: 9780128103623
eBook ISBN: 9780123821751
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 23rd February 2011
Page Count: 696
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Disaster management is a vibrant and growing field, driven by government spending in the wake of terrorist attacks and environmental debacles, as well as private-sector hiring of risk managers and emergency planners. An ever-increasing number of practicing professionals needs a reference that can provide a solid foundation in ALL major phases of supervision – mitigation, preparedness, response, communications, and recovery. As climate change leads to further costly catastrophes and as countries around the world continue to struggle with terrorism, the demand for solutions will only grow. This revised edition of Coppola’s revered resource meets said demand head-on with more focused, current, thoughtfully analyzed, and effective approaches to disaster relief.

Key Features

  • Expanded coverage of global approaches to disaster management with enhanced data and research on disasters around the world, including Cyclone Nargis, the H1N1 pandemic, and the tsunami in American Samoa
  • More material on risk management, mitigation, myths that affect behavior during crises, and post-disaster evaluation of the response
  • Up-to-date information on the role of aid organizations and international financial institutions like the World Bank in disaster response, as well as commentary on the latest research in disaster management and policy studies


Security managers, designers of contingency / evacuation plans, city managers, urban planners, disaster management and emergency planning consultants, community planners, non-profit organizations, business continuity and contingency planners. Educators and students in these areas.

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • 1. The Management of Disasters

    • Publisher Summary
    • Key Terms
    • Introduction
    • Disasters Throughout History
    • The History of Disaster Management
    • Modern Disaster Management—A Four-phase Approach
    • What Is International Disaster Management?
    • Disasters, Poverty, and Development
    • Disaster Trends
    • Definitions
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • 2. Hazards

    • Publisher Summary
    • Key Terms
    • Introduction
    • Hazard Identification and Hazard Profiling
    • Hazard Analysis
    • The Hazards
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • 3. Risk and Vulnerability

    • Publisher Summary
    • Key Terms
    • Introduction
    • Two Components of Risk
    • Trends
    • Computing Likelihood and Consequence Values
    • Risk Evaluation
    • Alternatives
    • Vulnerability
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • 4. Mitigation

    • Publisher Summary
    • Key Terms
    • Introduction
    • What Is Mitigation?
    • Types of Mitigation: Structural and Nonstructural
    • Obstacles to Mitigation
    • Assessing and Selecting Mitigation Options
    • Emergency Response Capacity as a Risk Mitigation Measure
    • Incorporating Mitigation into Development and Relief Projects
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • 5. Preparedness

    • Publisher Summary
    • Key Terms
    • Introduction
    • Overview of Disaster Preparedness
    • Government Preparedness
    • Public Preparedness
    • The Media as a Public Educator
    • Obstacles to Effective Public Education and Preparedness
    • Conclusion
    • References
    • Appendix 5–1 Guidance on Creating a Public Education Campaign for Earthquakes
    • Facts


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""Damon Coppola's massive effort to present disaster management as an international endeavor from a practitioner's perspective combines the classic framework espoused by disaster researchers with the reality of the field… Yet the book incorporates basic information that has evolved in the field of nbsp;disaster management and places it within easy grasp for practitioners.""--Alan Kirschenbaum, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 4, Issue 3 (2007)

""Damon Coppola's Introduction to international disaster management is a single volume sourcebook that makes excellent use of full colour graphics and has numerous inset boxes highlighting aspects of the topics under discussion. The book follows a logical progression starting with the history of disasters and ending with details of disaster management agencies (governments, NGOs, multilateral organisations), where they are located within national government structures, and what they do. The bulk of the book is given over to consideration of hazards, risks and vulnerability, and the four stages of traditional disaster management namely: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. A final chapter deals briefly with special considerations in relation to disasters covering such diverse topics as the media, political will, donor fatigue, state sovereignty, climate change, terrorism, and pandemics. This book is an excellent starting point for the study of disaster planning providing both global perspective and local detail.""--Colin Perry, The Brunei Times

""Disaster management is a discipline and a profession that is growing and evolving rapidly; and international disaster management is a subdiscipline. This text is intended as a guide and reference for students and practitioners involved at any level. The specifics of all facets of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery are covered clearly and in detail, beginning