Emergency Management Principles

Authored by: Alejandro López-Carresi

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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The objective of any emergency management system is to manage and control a major emergency in order to reduce the negative impact to life, property, infrastructure and livelihoods (Moore 2008). It is frequently argued that effective emergency management is virtually unachievable for two reasons. First, because the huge increase in urgent needs cannot be satisfied quickly. Second, because the unknown facts in the acute phase of the emergency make it impossible for responders to have the necessary information to make the appropriate decisions. These arguments are based on a valid premise: there are numerous factors in large-scale emergencies that cannot be controlled or known. However, those factors cannot explain or justify the lack of control over the responding resources.

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