Introduction to International Disaster Management

Introduction to International Disaster Management

3rd Edition - January 25, 2015

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  • Author: Damon Coppola
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128017036

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Introduction to International Disaster Management, Third Edition, continues to serve as the leading comprehensive overview of global emergency management. This edition provides practitioners and students alike with a comprehensive understanding of the disaster management profession by utilizing a global perspective and including the different sources of risk and vulnerability, the systems that exist to manage hazard risk, and the many different stakeholders involved. This update examines the impact of many recent large-scale and catastrophic disaster events on countries and communities, as well as their influence on disaster risk reduction efforts worldwide. It also expands coverage of small-island developing states (SIDS) and explores the achievements of the United Nations Hyogo Framework for Action (2005–2015) and the priorities for action in the Post-2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction currently under development. This useful, relevant text includes many changes that have occurred since the last edition for a better understanding of the rapidly advancing field of international disaster management.

Key Features

  • Includes updated perspectives on recent events that have shaped the direction emergency management is taking today
  • Examines outcomes of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) decade, such as insight into how disaster risk reduction has advanced globally, and how it differs among countries and regions
  • Updated statistics on disaster frequency and impact provide a better understanding about how and why risk and vulnerability are changing
  • Presents information on multilateral emergency management agreements as well as profiles of important NGOs and international organizations
  • Key terms and summaries are provided at the beginning of each chapter to ease student comprehension
  • Offers customized and updated instructor materials, including PowerPoint lecture slides, test banks, and a detailed instructor's guide


Academic (undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. granting institutions) and professionals in disaster risk reduction, development, emergency management, and humanitarian affairs

Table of Contents

  • Dedication
    Digital Assets
    1. The Management of Disasters
    Disasters Throughout History
    The History of Disaster Management
    Capacity by Demand: The 1970s and ‘80s
    The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction
    The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA)
    The Post-2015 Framework
    Modern Disaster Management – A Four-Phase Approach
    What is International Disaster Management?
    Disasters, Poverty, and Development
    Disaster Trends
    2. Hazards
    Hazard Identification and Hazard Profiling
    Hazard Analysis
    The Hazards
    3. Risk and Vulnerability
    Two Components Of Risk
    Computing Likelihood and Consequence Values
    Risk Evaluation
    4. Mitigation
    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
    5. Preparedness
    Overview of Disaster Preparedness
    Government Preparedness
    Public Preparedness
    The Media as a Public Educator
    Obstacles to Effective Public Education and Preparedness
    6. Response
    What is Response?
    Response – The Emergency
    Recognition—Pre-Disaster Actions
    Provision of Water, Food, and Shelter
    Volunteer Management
    Command, Control, And Coordination
    7. Recovery
    Overview of Recovery
    The Effects of Disasters on Society
    Pre-Disaster Recovery Actions
    Components of Recovery – What is Needed and where it Comes from
    Types of Recovery
    Special Considerations in Recovery
    8. Participants – Governmental Disaster Management Agencies
    Governmental Emergency Management Structures
    Governmental Disaster Management Agencies
    Organizational Structures
    Bilateral Disaster Management Assistance
    How Governments Provide Assistance
    Types of Bilateral Assistance
    Types of National Government Agencies Involved in International Disaster Management
    The Political Implications of Bilateral Disaster Assistance
    Collateral Impacts of Humanitarian Aid
    9. Participants – Non-Governmental Organizations, Including the Private Sector and Academia
    Who are the NGOs?
    What do They do?
    NGO Operations
    Aid Worker Safety and Security
    NGO/Military Cooperation
    The Role of the Private Sector
    The Role of Academia
    10. Participants – Multilateral Organizations and International Financial Institutions
    The United Nations
    UN Agencies and Programs
    Regional International Organizations
    International Financial Institutions
    11. Special Considerations
    The Media
    Institutional Capacity Development
    Political Will
    Compound Emergencies
    Donor Fatigue
    State Sovereignty
    Equality in Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Distribution
    Climate Change and the Environmental Impact of Disasters
    Early Warning
    Linking Risk Reduction and Development
    Differentiating between Recovery and Development
    Global Disasters: SARS, Avian Influenza, Swine Flu, and Other Emerging Epidemics

Product details

  • No. of pages: 760
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2015
  • Published: January 25, 2015
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128017036

About the Author

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

founder of Shoreline Risk LLC and a Partner with Bullock & Haddow LLC

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