Application Assignment: The Cold War and Emergency Management Challenges

The structure of emergency management in the United States has its roots in civil defense. Prior to the Cold War, emergency management occurred on an as-needed basis and was uncoordinated. During the Cold War, attempts were made to address individual disasters and build a legal framework that provided a great deal of decision-making authority to the president. The threat of nuclear attack had the effect of causing governments at all levels to think about civil defense preparations.

During the Cold War, attempts were made to address individual disasters and build a legal framework that provided a great deal of decision-making authority to the president. This was one of the first attempts to set up emergency management. While emergency management has evolved since this time, many challenges to emergency management still exist.

For this assignment, select one historical event that influenced the evolution of emergency management. Then consider the challenges to emergency management and what strategies might be used to address these challenges.

The assignment: (2–3 pages)

Part 1:

  • Describe the historical event you selected, and explain how it influenced the evolution of emergency management.

Part 2:

  • Describe one key challenge to emergency management, and explain why it is a challenge.
  • Describe at least two strategies to address the challenge you identified, and explain why each might be effective.

Support your Application Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course.

Two to three pages with at least four references….

It is important that you cover all the topics identified in the assignment. Covering the topic does not mean mentioning the topic BUT presenting an explanation from the context of ethics and the readings for this class

To get maximum points you need to follow the requirements listed for this assignments 1) look at the page limits 2) review and follow APA rules 3) create subheadings to identify the key sections you are presenting and 4) Free from typographical and sentence construction errors.

REMEMBER IN APA FORMAT JOURNAL TITLES AND VOLUME NUMBERS ARE ITALICIZED.

MULTIPLE USE OF INTEXT CITATION

Readings

  • Haddow, G. D., Bullock, J. A., & Coppola, D. P. (2014). Introduction to emergency management (5th ed.). Waltham, MA: Butterworth-Heinemann.
    • Chapter 1, “The Historical Context of Emergency Management”
  • Sylves, R. (2015). Disaster policy and politics: Emergency management and homeland security (2nd ed.). Washington, DC: CQ Press.
    • Chapter 7, “Civil-Military Relations and National Security”
  • Kulkarni, S., Bell, H., Beausoleil, J., Lein, L., Angel, R. J., & Mason, J. H. (2008). When the floods of compassion are not enough: A nation’s and a city’s response to the evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 78(4), 399–425.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). (n.d.). Retrieved March 7, 2012, from http://www.fema.gov/

Media transcript in bold below

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