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Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs

Emergency Management: Concepts and Strategies for Effective Programs

Lucien G. Canton

ISBN: 978-0-470-11976-1 September 2006 368 Pages


This book propounds an all-hazards, multidisciplinary approach to emergency management. It discusses the emergency manager’s role, details how to establish an effective, integrated program, and explores the components, including: assessing risk; developing strategies; planning concepts; planning techniques and methods; coordinating response; and managing crisis. Complete with case studies, this is an excellent reference for professionals involved with emergency preparedness and response.

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Chapter 1. Emergency Management: A Historical Perspective.

Chapter 2. Emergency Management: A Social Science Perspective.

Chapter 3. The Emergency Manager: Evolving Roles and Shifting Paradigms.

Chapter 4. Establishing the Emergency Management Program.

Chapter 5. Assessing Risk.

Chapter 6. Developing Strategy.

Chapter 7. Planning Concepts.

Chapter 8. Planning Techniques and Methods.

Chapter 9. Coordinating Disaster.

Chapter 10. Managing Crisis.

"This book should serve professionals in the emergency management field very well." (Journal of Hazardous Materials, May 2007)

" excellent resource for university and college staff to develop an emergency management program on campus or evaluate an existing program." (Facilities Manager, March/April 2007)

  • Begins with historical and social science perspectives on emergency management, and then delves into the historical and evolving roles of the emergency manager
  • Discusses how to establis an effective emergency management program, and explores its individual components, including:  assessing risk; developing strategies; planning concepts; planning techniques and methods ; coordinating response; and managing crisis
  • Uses case studies to illustrate both successful and unsuccessful applications of emergency management principles
  • Approaches the development of an emergency management program from the perspective of the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) Standard
    • Emphasizes shared responsibility among government agencies and the private sector for implementation for critical parts of the emergency management program
    • Explains the development of components of a successful program and demonstrates how the EMAP Standard is integrated into the program, rather than just listing the elements of the Standard and giving recommendations on meeting the Standard
    • Addresses a conceptual model capable of integrating multiple disciplines and dealing with unexpected emergencies
    • Covers the various topics of comprehensive emergency management and relates them to the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) and the Certified Emergency Management (CEM) credential requirements – to help practitioners using this book to develop or improve local programs to meet the new standards
    • Ties the functions of emergency management to the new EMAP standard and includes both public and private sector