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Disaster Emergency Management

The Emergence of Professional Help Services for Victims of Natural Disasters

Liza Ireni Saban

Publication Year: 2014

Examines how public officials in the US, China, Japan, and Indonesia have interacted with communities affected by natural disasters.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. v

List of Illustrations

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pp. vi

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pp. vii-viii

I wish to thank some of the people who contributed to this book.
I would like to thank Professor Alex Mintz, Dean of the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at IDC Herzliya, who has been a constant source of support and inspiration. I wish to thank...

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pp. 1-12

The question of survival in times of disaster and trauma has always been of interest to laypeople, as well as to professionals and people in positions of authority. Indeed, throughout history we have seen how some societies have flourished in times of strife while others have not...

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1. Introduction to Disaster Management

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pp. 13-30

A question that may be raised is why study disaster at all? A good answer may be found in the novella written by Heinrich von Kleist, The Earthquake in Chile (1807). The novella draws on two disaster events: the 1647 earthquake in Santiago, Chile, and the in 1755 earthquake in Lisbon...

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2. Defining Disaster Vulnerability

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pp. 31-46

The aim of this chapter is to explore the various definitions of vulnerability employed in food and human security analyses and to discuss them in light of the conceptualization of vulnerability appropriate for disaster management. This overview provides compelling reason to...

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3. Vulnerability Assessment of Disaster Management Doctrines

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pp. 47-60

Drawing on the conceptualization of vulnerability presented in the previous chapter, the role norms and values play in assessing vulnerability has been largely overlooked.
Norms and social-cultural values have an influence over how citizens...

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4. Applying Communitarian Social Justice in Public Administration Ethics

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pp. 61-80

After validating the need for social justice, a dimension that should and could be applied to disaster management issues, it is necessary to raise the profile of core values and ethics of public administration as key formative concerns in resilience disaster management. Our approach...

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5. Walzer’s Communitarianism in the Service of Disaster Resilience Doctrine

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pp. 81-102

As suggested in the previous chapters, disaster management policy directed at building and improving the resilience of communities at risk needs to ensure positive adaptational outcomes and their antecedents. From a policy perspective, this implies an emphasis on public...

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6. Comparative Analysis of Community-Based Disaster Resilience Policies

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pp. 103-164

This chapter evaluates the principles underpinning a resilient community using Walzer’s theory of social justice, particularly as they impact communities and public administration relations and their implications on disaster management policies in various recent contexts, including...

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7. Administration and Community Collaboration in Disaster Management

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pp. 165-178

The aim of this chapter is to take a more practical step in striving toward the ideal of professional helper in practice. The focus of the chapter is on public administrators and what they need personally and professionally to be the best helpers possible in the face of adversity. Thus, this chapter...


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pp. 179-194


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pp. 195-224


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pp. 225-232

E-ISBN-13: 9781438452449
Print-ISBN-13: 9781438452432

Page Count: 239
Publication Year: 2014