Chaos Organization and Disaster Management by Maurice Bellanger

By Maurice Bellanger

Analyzes definitions of preparedness, reviews of chance, and set social buildings that negatively influence formal catastrophe association efficacy. Demonstrates the elemental flaws of catastrophe administration firms through analyzing mess ups from the viewpoint of capability sufferers and proposes an cutting edge version of catastrophe administration centering on privatization.

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Copyright 2004 by Marcel Dekker, Inc. All Rights Reserved. FIGURE 4 Number of natural disasters reported between 1900 and 1999. be). As we can see in Figure 4, recordings of natural disasters* over the last 100 years show them to be a continuously increasing. Until the 1960s, the number recorded has more or less remained stable, between ten to fifty annually. The greatest surge in the number of recorded natural disasters appears after 1960, rising sixfold, from fewer than fifty to 300 to 350 annually by 1999.

Putting all of this into the words of an emergency manager seems a good way to demonstrate the frustration of working within the walls of a disaster agency. For those who appreciate irony, before the ‘‘gold rush’’ we in EM (emergency management) found most bureaucrats and politicians busy pointing at others when it came to accepting (or avoiding) responsibility. Now, it is politically incorrect to fail to include a high level fire official from any and all activity. Based on my ‘‘endless loop’’ experience, the next group to enjoy largesse will be non- Copyright 2004 by Marcel Dekker, Inc.

FIGURE 7 Average annual damages from natural disasters during 1989 to 1999 by continent. be). increased, but also the number that are classified as significant. Taking a long view over the last century, disasters were measured in terms of their severity by using not only such factors as people killed but also numbers affected or their (nation’s) economy dislocated. On the basis of these figures, the number of significant natural disasters has steadily grown over the last century. ) It is clear that on the basis of all three measures of disaster severity the numbers follow a similar upward pattern over time.

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