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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read and of great interest, 1 May 2007
This review is from: Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management: Principles and Practice (Hardcover)
Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management aim is to show how to minimise the potential damage of disasters in both public and private sectors. It covers an impressive array of scenarios from construction, crisis management to the environment, disease and information systems. The book covers 728 pages in total ranging from practical planning aspects to case studies.

So how does this series of articles read? Very well is the simple answer to this. The structure is clear especially where discussing case studies. The event, damage and causation are discussed as well as lesson learned. The case studies are well described and written at a fast pace. Including these alongside practical `set up' issues frankly makes the handbook a good read. In particular I would cite the story of Mary Malone or `Typhoid Mary' - a healthy carrier of typhoid, and the chapter on human error.

Arguable for the specialist expert in a particular field, the book reveals nothing new. The communicable disease and environmental health chapter reads as standard for a nurse, while the disaster and emergency management systems section would be meat and drink for IT risk practitioners. The value of the book lies over the sheer coverage, depth and readability. Issues range from medical responses, to insurance, law and public enquiries as well as forensics and crisis management. The book covers these areas in good depth without losing its way.

The book would be excellent for the over general practitioner rather than those who concentrate on a particular aspect of disaster management. This due to the breadth of scope covered in the book. However use would be had for the pure specialist in order to see how planning and disaster affects other areas. Indeed the readability of the handbook would make the subject open to Risk Specialists functioning outside the disaster and emergency.

Most importantly as an Operational Risk Consultant in the Financial Sector was I to find this book of use in my chosen career? The answer is yes. Dealing with people, process and systems day to day the book expanded my own knowledge on system risk as well as human behaviour and management failures. I was to use aspects of the book during an interview on IT risk and Disaster Recovery to good effect.

My overall opinion is extremely positive over Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management but the price is currently too steep at £69.99!
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This review is from: Tolley's Handbook of Disaster and Emergency Management: Principles and Practice (Hardcover)
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