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Disaster Preparedness - Prof. Nardozzi: Suggested Readings (From Prof. Nardozzi's Syllabus)

This guide will lead you to resources on disaster preparedness and coordination.

Suggested Readings in Emergency and Crisis Management

Birkland, T. A. 2007. Lessons of Disaster: Policy Change after Catastrophic Events. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

Boin, A., ‘tHart, P., Sterm, E., & Sundelius, B. 2005. The Politics of Crisis Management: Public Leadership under Pressure. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Burby, Raymond J. (ed). 1998. Cooperating with nature: Confronting natural hazards with land-use planning for sustainable communities. Washington, DC: John Henry Press.

Cutter, Susan. (ed) 2001. American hazardscapes: The regionalization of hazards and disasters. Washington, DC: John Henry Press.

Dynes, R. R. and Tierney, K. J. eds. 1994. Disasters, Collective Behavior, and Social Organization. Newark, Delaware: University of Delaware Press.

International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat (ISDR). 2002. Living with Risk: A global review of disaster reduction initiatives. Geneva, Switzerland: United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. (

Lindell, M. K., C. Prater, and R. W. Perry. 2007. Introduction to Emergency Management. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Mileti, D. S. 1999 Disasters by design: a reassessment of natural hazards in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press.

National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission). 2004. The Performance of the Intelligence Community. Available at

National Research Council of the National Academes. 2006. Facing hazards and disasters: Understanding human dimensions. Washington, DC: National Academies Press.

Platt, R. 1999. Disasters and Democracy. Washington, DC: Island Press.

Public Administration Review (2007). Special Supplementary Issue: Administrative Failure in the Wake of Katrina. Supplement to Volume 67 (Available online).

Rubin, Claire B. (ed.). 2007. Emergency Management: The American Experience 1900-2005. Fairfax, VA: Public Entirety Risk Institute (PERI). ISBN: 978-0-9793722-0-9

Schneider, S. K. 1995. Flirting with Disaster: Public Management in Crisis Situations. Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.

Sylves, Richard. (2008). Disaster Policy and Politics: Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Washington DC: CQ Press. ISBN: 978-0-87289-460-0.

Tierney, K. J., Lindell, M. K., and R. W. Perry. 2001. Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States. Washington, D.C.: Joseph Henry Press.

Ulmer, Robert R., Timothy L. Sellnow, and Matthew W. Seeger. 2007. Effective Crisis Communication: Moving from Crisis to Opportunity. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

United Nations. 2005. Know Risk. Geneva, Switzerland: ISDR

Waugh, W. L. Jr. 2000. Living with Hazards, Dealing with Disasters: An Introduction to Emergency Management. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe.

Waugh, William L. Jr., and Kathleen Tierney, (editors). (2007). Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government, 2nd ed. Washington DC: ICMA. ISBN: 978-0-87326-719-9.

Wisner, B., Blaikie, P., Cannon, T., & Davis, I. 2004. At risk: Natural hazards, people's vulnerability and disasters. New York: Routledge ISBN-13: 978-0415252164