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Section VI : Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management


Section VI on “Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management” addresses key fundamentals of emergency response and the challenges associated with communications and radio systems interoperability. In this section, homeland security leaders from New Orleans share the lessons their city learned from Hurricane Katrina. The section also presents the importance of “meta-leadership,” a framework and practice method designed for the challenges of leading in complex situations. The final chapter in the sections addresses the need for emergency managers and other leaders to access expert legal advice when confronting real-time dilemmas in crisis situations fraught with uncertainty and grave consequences for the public.

Introduction to Section VI

Greg Brunelle

Chapter 24—Learning from History: The Evolution of Emergency Management in the United States
Jude Colle & Claire B. Rubin
Chapter 25—A City Once Underwater: Lessons Learned and the Story of the New Orleans Evacuation Plan
J.W. Sneed, Stephen A. Murphy, & Matthew A. Kallmyer
Chapter 26—From Response to Resilience: State Emergency Preparedness Priorities
Governor Martin O’Malley
Chapter 27—Emergency Response: An Overview
Ray Lehr
Chapter 28—Understanding and Preparing for the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism
Terri Tanielian & Bradley Stein
Chapter 29—Crisis Preparedness and Crisis Response: The Meta-Leadership Model and Method
Leonard J. Marcus, Barry C. Dorn, Isaac Ashkenazi, Joseph P. Henderson & Eric J. McNulty
Chapter 30—Advice in Crisis: Leaders, Lawyers, and the Art of Disaster Management
Eric Stern's, Gregory Saathoff, & Brad Kieserman