This book reflects an important shift in society's definition of
disaster. For centuries catastrophic events have been considered
"acts of God" and therefore uncontrollable by definition. "Managing
Disaster" is international in scope, covering such natural and
man-made calamities as tornadoes in western Pennsylvania,
earthquakes in Peru, flooding in the Netherlands, and toxic waste
Centers for hazard studies have only recently examined the
interrelated aspects of disastrous events and recognized the
interaction between natural hazards and human systems. As society
attempts to acquire the information and develop the skills to
reduce the risks and damage from disaster, an increasingly
professional public service is reconsidering its strategies and
policy direction. "Managing Disaster" addresses this problem and
the need for a new approach to teaching this subject at the
university level. Twenty-three professionals and scholars in public
policy and administration--rom universities, government, and the
private sector--examine the basic issues confronting managers and
public agencies in the face of disaster.
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