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Introduction to International Disaster Management [Hardcover]

Damon P. Coppola
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23 Feb 2011
Written from a global perspective on risk, hazards, and disasters, Introduction to International Disaster Management provides practitioners, educators and students with a comprehensive overview of the players, processes and special issues involved in the management of large-scale natural and technological disasters. The book discusses special issues encountered in the management of international disasters, and explains the various private, non-governmental, national, and international agencies that assist in preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery during national and regional events.

Concentrating on the four major phases of emergency management - mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery - Introduction to International Disaster Management deals with such timely topics as Hurricane Katrina, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and SARS. It also serves as a reference to governmental and other agencies involved in international disaster management activities. This book is the first of its kind to take a global approach to the topic of international disaster management.

* Data, discussions, and outcomes for recent major and catastrophic disasters including Cyclone Nargis, earthquakes in Yogyakarta, China, Pakistan, and Chile, the H1N1 pandemic, and the tsunami in American Samoa * Added material on hazards, catastrophic risk management, mitigation, and disaster myths * Expanded sections on public disaster preparedness and disaster recovery best practices * Commentary on the latest research in disaster management and policy studies

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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: A Butterworth-Heinemann Title; 2 edition (23 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0123821746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0123821744
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 19.3 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 360,159 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Damon Coppola's massive effort to present disaster management as an international endeavor from a practitioner's perspective combines the classic framework espoused by disaster researchers with the reality of the field. Yet the book incorporates basic information that has evolved in the field of  disaster management and places it within easy grasp for practitioners."--Alan Kirschenbaum, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 4, Issue 3 (2007)

"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

About the Author

Damon P. Coppola is a Systems Engineer, and a Senior Associate with Bullock and Haddow LLC, a disaster management consulting firm. He has extensive experience in disaster preparedness and planning through his work with the World Bank Group; The Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management; the US Army Corps of Engineers; and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, among others. Mr. Coppola is the author of Introduction to International Disaster Management (Butterworth-Heinemann), and co-author of Introduction to Homeland Security (Butterworth-Heinemann) and Hazards Risk Management (The Federal Emergency Management Agency). He has also been published in several industry journals, including Disaster Prevention and Management, The Beacon, The American Society of Professional Emergency Planners Journal, and The International Association of Emergency Managers Newsletter, among others. Mr. Coppola holds an M.E.M in Crisis, Emergency, and Risk Management from George Washington University.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is very good, unlike some other books that related to emergency management, this book on D.M. will really give you a good overview of the field with a focus on D.M. and will give you a starting point for more investigation/ research. This book is a must have for any one studying or starting out in this field.
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The book is a prescribed textbook for the University of Liverpool 'International Disaster Management' module for teh Mater's in Public Health degree.
The book is comprehensive and the real life examples make the transition from theory into practice easily understood even for those of us who have no experience but an interest in disaster management.
I will definitely recommend this book to anyone interested or who requires better understanding of concepts and practices in disaster management
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I purchased this book to use it for my postgrad course in disaster management. It's really hepfull (some parts that I have read) and I hope I will find the time to read the whole book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book 16 Sep 2013
By Sth Tailby - Published on
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Very concise and professionally presented. There is appropriate use of international examples, reviewed and reported on equally and fairly. Although a little out dated now with the most recent disasters needing to be included.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to an evolving and important field 1 Mar 2013
By Betsy M - Published on
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Mr. Coppola has tackled an enormous topic and deftly created an intelligent and informative introduction to the field of disaster preparedness and management. This insightful textbook book was an exellant resource for me while beginning my studies, and I believe a must have for any introductory course.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good resource 27 Sep 2011
By B. Fran - Published on
It's a good resource for my class. Provides great info and provides you with other helpful resources. I have no complaints.
4 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Serious Citation Flaws 22 Mar 2012
By Daniel Stuhlman - Published on
This book has serious flaws in its citations and references. I do not recommend it for anyone in academia.

I am a librarian/cataloger for Malcolm X College Library. While cataloging this book, I found some serious flaws that make me concerned about the reliability of this book and the review process.

In just a random flipping through the pages I noticed a chart on page 99 with "Wikipedia" listed as a source. First using "Wikipedia" as a source in an academic book or paper is forbidden. We teach our students to use all the tools to discover information, but no teacher will allow a quote from "Wikipedia." The chart on page is for maritime disasters. It includes ships that were sunk because of an act of war. I would not call that an accident. If one checks the full reference in the back of the chapter on page 137, the author claims the title of the article checked was "List of epidemics" Maritime disasters are not epidemics. When I checked the Wikipedia article on maritime disasters, I found many discrepancies between what is in the book and what is in the article.

I did not review all the sources in this book; one bad one is enough for me to put this book on the not recommended list. In general the citations in this book are imprecise and possibly wrong. Mr. Coppola does not have the correct author citation format in most of the citations. I don't even need to check to know he is mistaken. "n.d." meaning "no date" is not acceptable for a citation. One can always make an educated guess for a date. Since web sites can change at any given moment, it is important to include a date of retrieval. It is always better to use stable sources so that the reader can do his/her own checking or follow up.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Inconsistencies, filler content and unreliable sources 9 Feb 2013
By Cody A. Jones - Published on
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I am required to use this textbook for my class on Global Perspectives in International Disaster Management, but I am completely irritated by this book. It's riddled with inconsistencies. On one page, the author states that there are over 80,000 dams in the United States, and two pages over a chart says that there are 1,200. Then there is the ridiculous amount of filler and fluff that is packed into every chapter. This book could be condensed to at least half its size if the author had left out some of the filler. As I read one page, I realized that I had read the same sentence over three times, with the words rearranged. It's really distracting when you're trying to extract actual information out of this text. I'm also annoyed with the writer for citing Wikipedia and as sources. They are completely illegitimate for academic sources, no matter what that representative for the book says.
Anyway, if you're a student and this is the book you are assigned for your course, good luck filtering through the nonsense to get the information you need. If you're an educator looking for a book to assign your students, look elsewhere for a book that doesn't compromise its integrity for the sake of increasing page numbers.
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