Accession Number:

ADA433035

Title:

Emergency Management: The Relationship Between Harvard University and the City of Cambridge

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

JOHN F KENNEDY SCHOOL OF GOVERNMENT CAMBRIDGE MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2005-05-09

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

The goal of this Policy Analysis Exercise PAE is to examine how Harvard University and the City of Cambridge can create the strongest possible security and emergency management relationship. The primary functions examined are the administrative, security, communications and emergency management structures within Harvard and Cambridge. The analysis and recommendations proposed are designed for Harvards Office of Environmental Health and Safety. Through interviews, case studies and a literature review, this PAE addresses the evolution of Harvards emergency management relationship with Cambridge since the terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. The study assesses strengths, identifies issues that should be addressed and makes recommendations for improvement. Harvard and Cambridge currently have solid systems in place for cooperation under normal conditions, for notification processes in an emergency, and for the initial response to a crisis. The two have yet to strengthen their relationship to support more rapid resource exchange, seamless first-responder interaction and greater general assistance and awareness. Based on the data collected, this PAE makes four main recommendations, examines potential obstacles, and suggests steps for their implementation. In making these recommendations, this PAE seeks not only to ensure the strongest possible response to a major emergency but also to ensure a long-lasting emergency management structure in the Cambridge community.

Subject Categories:

  • Administration and Management
  • Military Intelligence

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE