The Importance of International Disaster Management Studies in the Field of Emergency Management



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The Importance of

International Disaster Management Studies

in the Field of Emergency Management



by Damon Coppola, MEM Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management

Abstract:

Traditionally, the myriad courses offered by FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute have focused solely on the study and practice of emergency management as they pertain to municipalities within the United States. Only a small number of these courses make even a glancing reference to the problem of how disasters are managed elsewhere in the world. As a result, curricula tend to be limited to the development and practice of the emergency management discipline at the domestic level. This paper argues that such a bias should be abandoned so that students and practitioners in the United States may benefit from the rest of the world’s experience in emergency and disaster management. This knowledge is vital for five reasons: 1) The United States’ emergency management system is imperfect, 2) The United States is moving towards a ‘Third World’ system, 3) Climate change equals bigger, stronger, and more numerous disasters, 4) Climate change means global instability, and 5) The expanding discipline demands the inclusion of international disaster management studies.





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