Two New Books!


(1) Emergency Management: The American Experience (3rd edition); Claire B. Rubin, Editor; Routledge Publisher (August 2019).

Since the publication of this text in 2012, additional insights and research in the past eight years warrant a review. Some, but not all, of the chapters feature a fresh look and additional outcomes. We revised Chapter 7 (Hurricane Katrina) and Chapter 8 (BP Oil Spill) to bring those disasters up to date and also revised the final two chapters (9) and (10), so that the summary information is more current and reflects lessons learned since 2011. The 3rd edition continues to be important to practitioners, educators, students, and other readers because it contains essential information covering more than 110 years of disaster experiences and their influence on the formation and continuing improvement of our national emergency management system. Ordering info:

(2) U.S. Emergency Management in the 21st Century: From Disaster to Catastrophe; Claire B. Rubin and Susan L. Cutter, Editors. Routledge Publisher (December 2019).

This book explores a critical issue in American public policy: Are the current public sector emergency management systems sufficient to handle future disasters given the environmental and social changes underway? In this timely book, the editors focus on disaster recovery efforts, community resilience, and public policy issues of related to recent disasters and what they portend for the future. Beginning with the external societal forces setting the stage for shifts in policy and practice, the next six chapters provide in-depth accounts of recent disasters— the Joplin, Tuscaloosa-Birmingham, and Moore tornadoes,  Hurricanes Sandy, Harvey, Irma, Maria, and the California wildfires.  A chapter on loss accounting and a concluding chapter on what has gone right, what has gone wrong, and why the federal government may no longer be a reliable partner in emergency management.

Accessible and clearly written by authorities in a wide-range of related fields with local experiences, offers a rich array of case studies and describes their significance in shifting emergency management policy and practice in the United States in the past decade. Through a careful blending of contextual analysis and practical information, this book is essential reading for students, an interested public, and professionals alike. Ordering info:

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