The Consideration of Multiple Hazards in Civil Defense Planning and Organizational Development
HUMAN SCIENCES RESEARCH INC MCLEAN VA
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The report recommends a multiple-hazards approach to civil defense preparedness for a wide range of natural, environmental, and other disasters. Adequate preparedness for massive nuclear attack presupposes a substantial upgrading of the organizational capacity in Civil Defense agencies and those arms of local government and administration which must cooperate in an effective response to nuclear disaster. Given present and projected CD funding levels and the low visibility of CD efforts, a multiple-hazards approach is necessary to establish the required organizational capacity to deal with nuclear disaster. Many civil defense professionals rightly fear that a multiple-hazards approach could result in an exclusive focus on the more easily perceived and defined hazards posed by non-nuclear disasters. This possibility can be countered, however, by appropriate research and planning initiatives on the part of CD agencies, particularly the federal Office of Civil Defense.
- Civil Defense