Accession Number : ADA207815
Title : Disaster Analysis: Police and Fire Departments. Phase 2.
Descriptive Note : Final rept.,
Corporate Author : DELAWARE UNIV NEWARK DISASTER RESEARCH CENTER
Personal Author(s) : Wenger, Dennis E ; Quarantelli, E L ; Dynes, Russell R
Report Date : Mar 1989
Pagination or Media Count : 202
Abstract : The Disaster Research Center (DRC) over a five year period is examining the disaster preparations and responses of most of the key organizations at the local community level. This volume reports the second phase of the work, namely the DRC study on police and fire departments in disasters. Eight field studies were carried out with data being primarily obtained through intensive open ended interviewing of key officials and by the extensive collection of documentary material from police and fire organizations. The first part of the volume summarizes what the limited and somewhat dated existing research literature reports about the disaster relevant aspects of local police and fire groups. The second part of the volume presents eight detailed case studies of both police and fire departments responding in eight different disasters. This is followed by a presentation of generalizations divided into four general categories: pre-disaster structure, tasks and planning; organizational tasks during disasters; intraorganizational adaptations during the emergency time periods of disasters: and interorganizational changes that occur during that time period. Police and fire departments are analyzed separately, and special attention is given to the Incident Command System which is increasingly being adopted by fire departments.
Descriptors : *DISASTERS , *POLICE , *FIRES , COMMUNITIES , INTERVIEWING , RESEARCH FACILITIES , CASE STUDIES , SCIENTIFIC LITERATURE , EMERGENCIES , ORGANIZATIONS , TIME INTERVALS , PREPARATION
Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE