Emergency And Disaster Management: Theories In Emergency Management

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Operations in emergency management, is the combining of actors and assets to help plan, prepare, respond, recover and mitigate an event. Teams are formed and structured according to the Incident Commander, and tasked are assigned and played out accordingly. Driven by doctrine such as the National Response Framework, and the National Incident Management System, qualified Incident commanders are given guidelines to help with the management of an event. Theories in emergency management, are the ideas that are developed in order to identify complexities in the field and gain a better understanding. An example of this could be, how people (non-professional) initially react to a disaster. If the theory is that the victims will set aside differences in the heat of the moment to ensure the preservation of human live and culture, then it can be understood that there will be a bond between victims that can help or hinder the response of first responders or outside agencies. It is the development of theory that drives the education of the professionals and aids in the creation of policy that governs how things are done. Since theory is an ongoing process, the operations side of emergency management, may not view concepts as immediately important. The professionals require more immediate and real time information in order to accomplish their mission. Unfortunately, without the abstracts of theory, there will be no direction to follow. The Development of Theory: Perspectives that direct

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