This all-new book explores a critical issue in American public policy: Are the current public sector emergency management systems sufficient to handle future disasters given the environ-mental and social changes underway? 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. The book 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.
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