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“A Practical Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: From Home to Abroad serves as an extremely versatile, useful and timely addition to the homeland security field.” – Jason Levy, Virginia Commonwealth University A Practical Introduction to Homeland Security and Emergency Management: From Home to Abroad offers a comprehensive overview of the homeland security field, examining topics such as counter-terrorism, border and infrastructure security, and emergency management. Authors Bruce Newsome and Jack Jarmon take a holistic look at the issues and risks, their solutions, controls, and countermeasures, and their political and policy implications. They also demonstrate through cases and vignettes how various authorities, policymakers and practitioners seek to improve homeland security. The authors evaluate the current practices and policies of homeland security and emergency management and provide readers with the analytical framework and skills necessary to improve these practices and policies.

Emergency Management
Emergency Management
Learning Objectives and Outcomes

At the end of this chapter, you should know

  • How to understand and define emergencies
  • How to assess emergencies
  • How emergencies are managed in the United States
  • How to define and assess capacity and capability
  • How to define and assess vulnerability
  • How to define and assess exposure
  • How to communicate information about emergencies

In the following passage, Richard Serino, deputy administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), describes the management of the terrorist attack on the marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, on April 15, 2013.

As the medical incident commander in Boston for more than 35 mass casualty incidents and for all of Boston’s major planned events, including the Boston Marathon, I can tell you that the fact that the response was so well executed wasn’t ...

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