Emergency Services II: Responding to Disasters and Crisis

Friday, 20 July 2018: 10:30-12:20
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

Emergency management systems face significant challenges with the increasing frequency and threat of major disasters such as natural, biological, social, technological, manmade, chemical, or environmental incidents around the globe.  The possibility of facing threats and devastating consequences after the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the experience of 2005 London bombings raise the question about the readiness to effectively deal with large disasters and mass casualties.  This session explores global hazards and vulnerability and the response to these crises. Papers in this session will deal with organizational disaster response, the development of emergency management policy, first responders. Research from the broad range of emergency responders such as fire and rescue, police, and ambulance services as well as more specialized services such as the, nuclear incident responders, Coastguard, air-sea or mountain rescue are also welcome. In addition to current nature of emergency management system structures, this session will also welcome papers that focus on the operational management of emergency services and the related professionals and policies.
Session Organizer:
Jennifer TRIVEDI, University of Delaware, USA
Oral Presentations
Social Resilience of Emergency Responders
Agnetha SCHUCHARDT, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
#Irma – Issues of Trust When Communicating During Disasters. The Case of Hurricane Irma 2017
Stefanie WAHL, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Thomas KOX, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Lars GERHOLD, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Disaster Response in Distinct System and Cultural Surroundings
Uros SVETE, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia; Marjan MALESIC, Faculty of Social Sciences, Slovenia
Carving Space and Staking Claims: Defining Crisis Relief
Samantha PENTA, University at Albany, State University of New York, USA