Disaster Response. Principles of Preparation Coordination by M.D. Auf Der Heide Erik

By M.D. Auf Der Heide Erik

Makes use of learn on mess ups to shape a suite of ideas for catastrophe guidance. Discussions establish difficulties in motivating and getting ready, together with political and financial elements. Misconceptions approximately mess ups are pointed out, together with communications and organizational networks.

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Did they develop the plan? Are disaster tasks assigned in terms of positions rather than individuals? Does your disaster planning office have a position within the governmental hierarchy where its input is likely to be heard by those who set operational and budgetary priorities? ● ● ADDITIONAL READING Public official attitudes toward disaster preparedness in California, Publication No. SSC 79-05, 1979. Available from: Seismic Safety Commission, 1900 K St, Suite 100, Sacramento, Calif 95814 (free).

Search and rescue covered 600 square miles, eight to nine times over, and involved 2,000 personnel from a multitude of organizations. At least 100 people were saved and 34 bodies recovered. It was one of the largest search and rescue missions in United States history. Unfortunately, the operations of the various organizations were not coordinated. S. Forest Service met and decided to pull their operations under a joint decision-making team composed of a representative from each of the four agencies.

The contractor's own equipment had two-way radios, and he placed a radio-equipped car in the field to act as a sort of command post. Thus, he set up a working organization and made its services available to the local authorities (Rosow, 1977:143). One new type of organization that eventually evolves rather typically in disasters is some form of coordinating "committee" or group. The various organizations involved in the disaster response may become aware that their individual and independent activities are inadequate.

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