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Accession Number ADA574558
Title Rethinking Disasters: Finding Efficiencies Through Collaboration.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 93p
Personal Author S. C. Phillips
Abstract Disasters are highly inopportune and represent a convergence of complexities, including multiple layers of government, private and nonprofit organizations, and diverse populations. The complexity and unpredictability of disasters have been countered with structured management strategies. While an ordered environment has merit, perhaps the management of disasters is over- engineered. This can result in missed opportunities to capitalize on collaborative, decentralized solutions. This thesis evaluates the processes and procedures involved in responding to disasters by examining the current tiered- response model (i.e., local, state, federal) and exploring whether a nonlinear, adaptive approach could improve interagency collaboration and result in better resource utilization. The thesis creates a framework for dialogue about the complexities and hardships of disaster response. Using a formative program evaluation method, primary and secondary data analysis focuses on understanding the roles and responsibilities of stakeholders, the effectiveness of resource deployment, and intergovernmental collaboration during disaster response. The thesis concludes with several recommendations for disaster response that are ranked based on political acceptability, economic plausibility, public perception, effectiveness, and appropriate utilization of resources.
Keywords Adaptation
Adaptive approach
Best practices
Collaborative techniques
Disaster management
Disaster response
Emergency management
Interagency coordination
Local government
Nongovernmental organizations
Nonlinear approach
Resource utilization
State government
Systems approach
Systems thinking
Tiered-response model
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 70B - Management Practice
92 - Behavior & Society
91I - Emergency Services & Planning
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Dept. of National Security Affairs.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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