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Introduction to International Disaster Management Hardcover – November 2, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0750679824 ISBN-10: 0750679824 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Butterworth-Heinemann; 1 edition (November 2, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750679824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750679824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,089,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Damon Coppola's Introduction to international disaster management is a single volume sourcebook that makes excellent use of full colour graphics and has numerous inset boxes highlighting aspects of the topics under discussion. The book follows a logical progression starting with the history of disasters and ending with details of disaster management agencies (governments, NGOs, multilateral organisations), where they are located within national government structures, and what they do. The bulk of the book is given over to consideration of hazards, risks and vulnerability, and the four stages of traditional disaster management namely: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. A final chapter deals briefly with special considerations in relation to disasters covering such diverse topics as the media, political will, donor fatigue, state sovereignty, climate change, terrorism, and pandemics. This book is an excellent starting point for the study of disaster planning providing both global perspective and local detail."--Colin Perry, The Brunei Times

Book Description

The first book to offer complete preparedness, response, and relief coverage of the complex issues surrounding international disasters!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. R. Neill on November 10, 2009
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As the Executive Director of a relief and development organization ([...]) I find this book a great resource to use before I talk to professionals in the field. It's full of great common sense, case studies and background information. The needs assessment checklist (appendix 6-1) for example is a prime example of this books usefulness. Well worth the money!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Systems Thinker on April 16, 2007
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This is a very good introduction to international disaster management. A good read for the novice.
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The statistics from around the world were interesting and made this book a must read. It was a good book, with a lot of insight and details that made reading it interseting. I would recommend it to future students who need to think outside the box.
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More About the Author

Damon P. Coppola is an accomplished emergency management systems engineer who has bridged the gap between practice and academia through his ever-expanding catalog of emergency management textbooks.

Mr. Coppola has consulted as an analyst and technical assistant to clients in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors inclusive of the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, the National Science Foundation, The World Bank, The United Nations, the International Recovery Platform, Save the Children, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, various US and foreign state and local governments, and many others.

Mr. Coppola is also a recognized specialist in emergency management training and education, having developed and co-developed a number of FEMA and DHS products for both the FEMA/EMI Higher Education Program and for the DHS National Training and Education Division. His projects include the 60-hour National Incident Management Systems, the 48-hour Comparative Emergency Management, the 48-hour Hazards Risk Management, the 48-hour Crisis and Risk Communications, the 8-hour Natural Disaster Preparedness for Security Professionals, among others.

In addition his consulting work, Mr. Coppola serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Loma Linda University School of Public Health in the Emergency Management department, where he developed (and currently instructs) the course curricula for two graduate level courses including Economic, Legal, and Policy Issues in Disasters and Principles of Emergency Management.

Mr. Coppola has authored and co-authored more than a dozen academic and professional emergency management textbooks that are currently in use at over 180 colleges and universities. Several of these books have been deemed "essential texts" by the FEMA Higher Education Program. His joint effort Introduction to Emergency Management, 4th Edition was recently named the most influential emergency management textbook at the annual FEMA Higher-Education Conference.

Mr. Coppola holds a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management from the George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science.

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