Introduction to International Disaster Management

Introduction to International Disaster Management

4th Edition - September 16, 2020

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  • Author: Damon Coppola
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128170595
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128173688

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Introduction to International Disaster Management, Fourth Edition, offers an unbiased, global perspective for students and practitioners alike. It provides a comprehensive understanding of the disaster management profession, covering the varied sources of risk and vulnerability, the systems that exist to manage hazard risk, and the many different stakeholders involved, from individuals to global organizations. This text also serves as a reference on scores of disaster management topics, including  various technological and intentional hazards, on international disaster management structures and systems, on global humanitarian spending and support, and much more. Taking a real-world approach with considerable illustration through case studies and recent and historical disaster events, this book prepares students interested in joining the disaster management community to understand the work they will be doing. In addition, it assists those who already work with the disaster management community by helping them better navigate this complex environment.

Key Features

  • Includes sections on the Ebola epidemic, the Nepal Earthquake, the 2015/2016 Western U.S. Wildfires, the Indonesia Palm Oil Fires, Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, the Mexico City Earthquake, emerging hazards like trash avalanches, and more
  • Provides a valuable introduction on the groundbreaking Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) signed in March of 2015, along with an explanation of the relationship of this effort to Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement
  • Explores the importance of global disaster risk reduction
  • Covers key terms and chapter summaries, as well as instructor resources, support learning and instruction


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

Table of Contents

  • 1. The Management of Disasters
    2. Hazards
    3. Risk and Vulnerability
    4. Mitigation
    5. Preparedness
    6. Response
    7. Recovery
    8. Participants: Governmental Disaster Management Agencies
    9. Participants: Nongovernmental Organizations, Academia, and the Private Sector
    10. Participants: Multilateral Organizations and International Financial Institutions
    11. Special Considerations

Product details

  • No. of pages: 896
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Butterworth-Heinemann 2020
  • Published: September 16, 2020
  • Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128170595
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128173688

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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