Emergency and Risk Management

Attributes of Successful Emergency Management Programs and Functions

The purpose of this book is to provide a series of case studies that illustrate how the various aspects of emergency management function in the Untied States and abroad.  Our hope that these case studies will be used to highlighted those actions and activities that support a successful emergency management program or function.


Our focus is primarily on emergency management programs and activities in the United States.  The U.S. has the most sophisticated and experienced emergency management system in the world and many of the case studies presented in this book are of programs and activities in this system.  While other countries do not have the resources available in the United States to sustain such an emergency management system, the underlying factors that have made the U.S. system successful can serve as the basis for the establishment or enhancement of emergency management systems in other countries, particularly developing nations, despite limited resources.


There are seven attributes found in a successful emergency management system or function:

  • Customer Focus
  • Statutory and Budget Authority
  • Leadership
  • Partnerships
  • Communications
  • Training, Tools and Technologies
  • Focus on Mitigation and Reducing Future Impacts
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