In this book David E. McNabb and Carl R. Swenson blend their different experiences to outline the nature of the crises government leaders now face. Together they provide a foundation of knowledge from which current and future elected leaders, policy makers, and public managers can develop the knowledge and skills necessary to confront these challenges.

Merging the historic, academic, and practical aspects of emergency planning and disaster response, the book fills in the missing pieces for creating a guide to understanding the nature and breadth of the work ahead. The authors focus on the principles, framework, and structure of emergency preparedness planning and disaster response and recovery. In doing so, they draw on an extensive literature review, combined with relevant practical examples and insights to create a detailed picture of how to prepare for and respond to the increasing array of emergency crisis and disaster management.

Disaster Management Policies and Practices provides a solid foundation in emergency preparedness and disaster response for practitioners, public managers, and those who aspire to such positions. It is designed for use as a resource for scholarly research in the theory and practice of emergency response, public administration, public policy, and governance.

1. Nature of Emergency Management  2. Emergency Management Framework 3. Collaborative Disaster Governance  4. Disaster Response Models  5. Hazard Mitigation and Remediation  6. Emergency Project Management Framework 7. Emergency Management Responsibilities  8. Collaborative Emergency Management 9.  Nongovernment Partnerships 10. Emergency and Disaster Partnerships  11. Supporting Community Lifelines  12. Sustaining Social and Economic Continuity  13. Managing a Pandemic Disaster 14. Wildfire Disaster Governance  15. Windstorm-Driven Disaster Governance  16. Flood Disaster Governance  17. Infrastructure and Housing Emergency Governance  18. Conclusion: Preparing for Future Disasters  Afterword Appendix A: Classification of Potential Hazards  Appendix B: Descriptions of Plausible FEMA Operations  Appendix C: Definitions of Standardized Incident Impacts  Appendix D: National Incident Management System Excerpts  Appendix E: Suggested Emergency Response Preparedness Checklist Items