Emergency and Risk Management

Introduction to Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management Concepts

The purpose of this chapter is to introduce the reader to current and historical crisis, disaster and risk management concepts, to define the four phases of emergency management, and to highlight issues concerning communications, business continuity planning and international disaster programs.  Also included in this chapter is a discussion of the attributes of a successful emergency management system that will be illustrated in the case studies presented in this book.

This chapter includes the following sections:

  • Review of Historical Trends in Emergency Management
  • Four Phases of Emergency Management
  • Communications
  • Business Continuity Planning and Emergency Management
  • International Disaster Programs
  • Emergency Management and the New Terrorism Threat
  • Attributes of Successful Emergency Management Programs and Functions
  • Brief Descriptions of Case Studies

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