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Listen to Richard Sylves on his interview from “Homeland Security Inside & Out” Click Here to ListenRichard Sylves Interview Interview from ‘Homeland Security Inside and Out’ which airs on KAMU. Interview air date: May 20, 2008. In this groundbreaking book, long-time expert and scholar in the field of disaster management, Richard Sylves, comprehensively surveys the field of emergency management while building on his original research and sharing his insider knowledge. Providing much needed synthesis of the field's major findings, scholarship, and current developments, Sylves structures the book with an analytical framework that focuses on the challenge of effective intergovernmental relations—both across levels of government and across types of disasters—to guide readers through instructive and important political history as well as recent crises. Whether for an undergraduate studying the topic for the first time or a practitioner looking for professional development, Disaster Policy and Politics will prove to be a highly readable, informative text and handbook aimed at laying a foundation of knowledge and know-how. Ten chapters offer, among other topics: a contextual history of disaster policy and politics; a discussion of global issues and influences; an exploration of the politics of planning and funding for the next disaster; a look to the future, to where emergency management goes from here, including its maturation into a profession. A valuable learning resource available with the book is a website sponsored by the Public Entity Risk Institute that tracks presidential disaster declarations issued for every state and county from 1953 through 2006.

Globalization of Disasters
Globalization of disasters

DISASTERS STRIKE ALL NATIONS OF THE WORLD, AND MANY PEOPLE anticipate that future disasters will be larger and more destructive owing to such factors as climate change and environmental degradation. Disaster vulnerability is also growing because the world population is increasing, accelerating the pace of urbanization. A massive share of the world's populace resides along coastlines. The systems and infrastructure to sustain and nurture the world population are of uneven quality and durability. Many disasters befall developing nations that lack financial resources, infrastructure, and adequate preparedness and response capability.1 Because disaster forces and the effects of disasters often spill over or straddle borders, and because disasters may easily overwhelm individual states, they are sometimes difficult for nation-states to address ...

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