Disaster Response. Principles of Preparation Coordination by M.D. Auf Der Heide Erik

By M.D. Auf Der Heide Erik

Makes use of learn on failures to shape a suite of rules for catastrophe instruction. Discussions establish difficulties in motivating and getting ready, together with political and financial elements. Misconceptions approximately mess ups are pointed out, together with communications and organizational networks.

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Among the other advantages of this approach, this "planning by the users" assures that the resulting plan will be known and accepted by those who are supposed to put it into action. Because FIRESCOPE was mandated by Congress to address the response problems of fire agencies, this model was designed primarily for fire service planning. Although it was not specifically designed for the participation of representatives of multiple disciplines such as fire, law enforcement, hospitals, and military organizations, nor of elected chief executives such as mayors, city managers, county supervisors (Irwin, 1988), the model is easily adapted to include representation by these participants.

Management of Livestock from evacuated or affected areas creates unique problems in disasters as in this photo of the "Fourty-Niner Fires" of Nevada County, California in September, 1988. ) Figure 4-5. Control of air traffic, especially helicopters, is an increasing concern in disasters as seen at the MGM Grand Hotel fire, November 21, 1980, in Las Vegas, Nevada. ) Figure 4-6. Management of emergency vehicles may be a problem in disasters. This is illustrated by the congestion at the MGM Hotel fire.

It left in its wake 115 dead and 800 injured. The rescue response was fragmented and disorganized. Several emergency response organizations were involved, but they did not coordinate their activities. A member of a Flint Fire Department rescue team described their activity: "We would be working our way down this block from one house to the next. But there was some other gang ahead of us and another following right behind, maybe 30 feet away, looking through the place that we just finished. " When asked if this was the same pile of junk that the team ahead of him had shoved around, the firefighter admitted that indeed it was.

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