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Interaction

  • By: Alex Altshuler
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The term interaction describes the joint activities of various stakeholders in order to achieve a mutual goal. Regarding disaster relief, interaction refers to cooperative efforts of organizations, groups, and lay citizens aiming to cope with disaster-related issues. One of the most important lessons derived from both natural and human-made disasters is that the extent and effectiveness of interaction largely influence the level of both emergency preparedness and disaster relief.

Stakeholders Interacting in Disaster Issues

The process of dealing with disaster-related issues—both before the disaster strikes and after it actually occurs—involves a wide range of stakeholders, which may interact through different means, such as round table discussions or group meetings, task forces, multilateral projects, joint planning, common drills, and cooperative (electronic) communication. The list of stakeholders may include ...

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