Preparedness, Warning and Evacuation

Authored by: Philip Buckle

The Routledge Handbook of Hazards and Disaster Risk Reduction

Print publication date:  December  2011
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9780415590655
eBook ISBN: 9780203844236
Adobe ISBN: 9781136918698


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This chapter focuses on the process of evacuation and its links to preparedness and early warning. Much conventional wisdom on this evacuation needs to be re-thought. Reading the available plans and manuals on planning for and conducting evacuations suggests that it should be planned and managed in an orderly, systematic and considered manner. In fact, this view reflects agency perceptions but evacuation planning or management rarely proceeds as smoothly as emergency service planners would like (DEFRA 2004). Therefore, this chapter reviews and describes commonly practiced and often (but not always) successful processes for planning and managing evacuation and for preparedness activities.

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