A Perspective on Disaster Planning
OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS DISASTER RESEARCH CENTER
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The report presents a perspective in disaster planning. The characteristics of disaster agents, and the kinds of demands and requirements they generate, are considered. This is followed by an examination of widely held misconceptions of how people and groups behave in disaster situations. A contrast is then made between community activities and processes in normal times and during emergencies. Next, the basic elements involved in the organized response of a community to a disaster are set forth. The report concludes with a systematic discussion of disaster planning, including weaknesses in typical disaster plans and strategies for bringing about community emergency planning.
- Administration and Management
- Civil Engineering