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
    • Foreword
    • Acknowledgments
    • Digital Assets
    • Introduction
    • Chapter 1. The Management of Disasters
      • Introduction
      • 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
      • Definitions
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 2. Hazards
      • Introduction
      • Hazard Identification and Hazard Profiling
      • Hazard Analysis
      • The Hazards
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 3. Risk and Vulnerability
      • Introduction
      • Two Components Of Risk
      • Trends
      • Computing Likelihood and Consequence Values
      • Risk Evaluation
      • Vulnerability
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 4. Mitigation
      • 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
    • Chapter 5. Preparedness
      • Introduction
      • Overview of Disaster Preparedness
      • Government Preparedness
      • Public Preparedness
      • The Media as a Public Educator
      • Obstacles to Effective Public Education and Preparedness
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 6. Response
      • Introduction
      • What is Response?
      • Response – The Emergency
      • Recognition—Pre-Disaster Actions
      • Recognition—Post-Disaster
      • Provision of Water, Food, and Shelter
      • Volunteer Management
      • Command, Control, And Coordination
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 7. Recovery
      • Introduction
      • 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
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 8. Participants – Governmental Disaster Management Agencies
      • Introduction
      • 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
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 9. Participants – Non-Governmental Organizations, Including the Private Sector and Academia
      • Introduction
      • 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
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 10. Participants – Multilateral Organizations and International Financial Institutions
      • Introduction
      • The United Nations
      • UN Agencies and Programs
      • Regional International Organizations
      • International Financial Institutions
      • Conclusion
    • Chapter 11. Special Considerations
      • Introduction
      • Coordination
      • The Media
      • Institutional Capacity Development
      • Political Will
      • Compound Emergencies
      • Donor Fatigue
      • Corruption
      • 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
      • Terrorism
      • Global Disasters: SARS, Avian Influenza, Swine Flu, and Other Emerging Epidemics
      • Conclusion
    • Index

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.

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Partner, Bullock and Haddow LLC, Singapore

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