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This research guide lists, describes, and provides access to selected resources for researching topics relating to emergency, crisis, and disaster management.
There are several resources for researching topics relating to the laws and policies relating to emergency, crisis, and disaster management. However, selected resources for getting started include:
Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports (login required). CRS Reports are widely recognized for providing objective and nonpartisan policy analysis on a wide range of issues. The reports assess policies, programs, and legislation, and summarize legislation. CRS reports are written by subject experts. There are several CRS reports relating to crisis management, disaster response, and emergency planning. There are also CRS reports for most states discussing the state's statutory authorities for homeland security and emergency management.
Disaster Operations and Decision Making (ebook, login required). This book, written by Roger C. Huder, combines emergency managment principles with military concepts, and covers such topics as crisis decision making, disaster operations, emergency operations center, media relationas, team building and training.
Federal Emergency Management: A Brief Introduction (CRS Report). This CRS report provides a general overview of principles and foundations of federal emergency management in the United States, including the types of activities by provided by federal agencies and emergency management frameworks, and process for requesting federal assistance for disasters and emergencies.
State Emergency Director Handbook. This publication, published by the National Emergency Management Association, is aimed at state emergency directors, but is also useful for researchers. The book covers emergency management operations, current emergency management, managing emergency response organizations, preparedness, mitigation, response, recovery, mutual aid, homeland security, and media relations. Section B1 (beginning on page 25) provides an overview of federal, state, local, and tribal laws relating to emergency management.