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Addressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking and capacity building

TitleAddressing challenges for future strategic-level emergency management: reframing, networking and capacity building
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBosomworth, K, Owen, C, Curnin, S
JournalDisasters
Volume41
Issue2
Start Page306
Pagination306-323
Date Published05/2016
Abstract

The mounting frequency and intensity of natural hazards, alongside growing interdependencies between social-technical and ecological systems, are placing increased pressure on emergency management. This is particularly true at the strategic level of emergency management, which involves planning for and managing non-routine, high-consequence events. Drawing on the literature, a survey, and interviews and workshops with Australia's senior emergency managers, this paper presents an analysis of five core challenges that these pressures are creating for strategic-level emergency management. It argues that emphasising ‘emergency management’ as a primary adaptation strategy is a retrograde step that ignores the importance of addressing socio-political drivers of vulnerabilities. Three key suggestions are presented that could assist the country's strategic-level emergency management in tackling these challenges: (i) reframe emergency management as a component of disaster risk reduction rather than them being one and the same; (ii) adopt a network governance approach; and (iii) further develop the capacities of strategic-level emergency managers.

URLhttp://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/disa.12196/abstract
DOI10.1111/disa.12196
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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