Novel Approaches in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management


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Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: NAT023000

Nowadays, governments are more often than not confronted with crises that are so unforeseen (i.e., the 9/11 attacks), so unexpected in nature or in extent (i.e., the SARS and H1N1 pandemic outbreaks, the Indian Ocean tsunami or Hurricane Katrina) and with such extensive social and economic effects that they may seem almost impossible to deal with. Yet, the successful management of these forms of crisis is possible. As prior experience has demonstrated, success in limiting the effects of major hazards on people and property relies not only on the active involvement and effective coordination of a variety of actors at different levels of state governance, but also on the preparation and the ability to react rapidly, efficiently and effectively to unexpected events. Ensuring that national authorities have the right technical instruments (reformed risk, crisis and disaster management systems, and an adequate institutional framework) for managing disasters is of critical importance for the success of such a venture. However, as this book intends to show, human capital remains the most important factor in this equation.


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Problems of Fire Safety in the Modern World (pp. 1-66)

(Nikolay N. Bruschlinsky, Sergei V. Sokolov and Peter Wagner)

Chapter 2. The Application of Risk Governance in Offshore Installations (pp. 67-92)

(Zoe Nivolianitou, Athanasios Liaropoulos, and Kalliopi Sapountzaki)

Chapter 3. Man-Made Disasters, Environmental Crises, and the Health Impacts of Disasters (pp. 93-106)

(Zong-Ping Wu)

Chapter 4. An Alternative Perspective for Addressing Mass Casualty Incidents in Extreme Events (pp. 107-126)

(Chih-Long Pan, Spyros Schismenos, Jer-Ming Chiu and Jet-Chau Wen)

Chapter 5. Large-Scale Fire Incidents in Recycling Plants: Lessons Learned from Two Indicative Case Studies and Future Needs (pp. 127-152)

(Spyros Schismenos, Sofia Karma and Michail Chalaris)

Chapter 6. Nanotechnology Applications for Biological Threat Detection (pp. 153-180)

(Spyros Schismenos, Michail Chalaris and Maria Gazouli)

Chapter 7. Modeling the Process of Fire and Rescue Services Activities (pp. 181-304)

(Nikolay N. Bruschlinsky, Sergei V. Sokolov and Peter Wagner)

Chapter 8. Safety Aspects of Façade Fires: Novel Risks and Challenges Posed by High-Rise Buildings (pp. 305-320)

(Dionysios I. Kolaitis)

Chapter 9. Tools for Analyzing Risks from Human Exposure to Chemical Environments: The Case of Exposure to Smoke Components during Forest or Other Field Fires (pp. 321-336)

(Sofia Karma)

Chapter 10. Using an Augmented Reality Application for Childhood Education in Natural Disasters (pp. 337-354)

(Ioannis Kazanidis, Georgios Sotiriadis, Christos Lytridis and Avgoustos Tsinakos)

Chapter 11. The Study of Smoke Distribution Conditions and CO from Large Forest Fires (pp. 355-388)

(Nikolaos Ch. Iliopoulos)

Chapter 12. The Impact of Social Media in Emergency Situations: Challenges and Opportunities (pp. 389-398)

(Euphrosyne Efthimiadou)

Chapter 13. Working with Refugees in a Disaster Crisis: The Development of Secondary Post-Traumatic Stress among Emergency Workers and First Responders

(pp. 399-412)

(Christina Patitsa and Michail Chalaris)


Additional Information

Keywords: Natural Disasters, Manmade Disasters, Crisis Management, Risk

The book is intended a) for researchers in the fields of Environment, Disaster and Crisis Management, Natural and Manmade Disasters, Humanitarian Crises and Economic Impact of Disasters, who aim to have a better understanding of the current trends of research in the relevant fields, b) for practitioners (ex. health personnel, first responders, emergency personnel) and newcomers in the profession of disaster management and c) for policy makers who intend to apply the collective knowledge included in this volume into policy and decision-making.
Readers will be able:
· to critically appraise data, information and opinion on matters pertaining to risk, crisis and disaster management.
· to apply their knowledge to real-life situations with a view to making a positive contribution to risk management.
· to assess the utility and appropriateness of novel sources of information and to use the available information effectively.

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