Handbook of Emergency Response: A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach

Adedeji B. Badiru, LeeAnn Racz

August 22, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 758 Pages - 143 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781466514560 - CAT# K14992
Series: Systems Innovation Book Series

USD$139.95

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Features

  • Addresses human factors issues in emergency response
  • Presents managerial models that aid in communications, coordination, and control in responding to and preparing for emergencies
  • Discusses emergency response technical challenges ranging from robotic technologies to evacuation planning
  • Emphasizes critical, yet often overlooked, topics such as the public’s involvement in emergency planning and response
  • Covers medical readiness aspects of emergency response
  • Recommends integrated collaboration between civil and government agencies

Summary

Despite preemptive preparations, disasters can and do occur. Whether natural disasters, catastrophic accidents, or terrorist attacks, the risk cannot be completely eliminated. A carefully prepared response is your best defense. Handbook of Emergency Response: A Human Factors and Systems Engineering Approach presents practical advice and guidelines on how to plan the coordinated execution of emergency response.

A useful tool to mitigate logistical problems that often follow disasters or extreme events, the core of this guide is the role of human factors in emergency response project management. The handbook provides a systematic structure for communication, cooperation, and coordination. It highlights what must be done and when, and how to identify the resources required for each effort. The book tackles cutting-edge research in topics such as evacuation planning, chemical agent sensor placement, and riverflow prediction. It offers strategies for establishing an effective training program for first responders and insightful advice in managing waste associated with disasters.

Managing a project in the wake of a tragedy is complicated and involves various emotional, sentimental, reactive, and chaotic responses. This is the time that a structured communication model is most needed. Having a guiding model for emergency response can help put things in proper focus. This book provides that model. It guides you through planning for and responding to various emergencies and in overcoming the challenges in these tasks.

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