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Risk Analysis and Managing Homeland Security

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1. Explain the four phases of emergency planning (i.e., mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery) in detail. Practically speaking, when it relates to efficiency and efficacy, which phases do you think emergency managers spend the most time contemplating? Which phases should they spend the most time contemplating in the areas previously specified? How, if at all, has 9-11 changed where the emphases should lie?
2. Explain in detail the process of risk analysis. In light of the readings and your own experience, how would you define risk? How would you weigh it? If you were the city manager or police chief in a small town with limited resources, how much effort would you put into risk analysis? Would you simply "eyeball" risk and give it your best guess, or would you be inclined to conduct an actual assessment?
3. How important to a community or an agency is an emergency plan? If you were constructing or revising such a plan for your own agency or community, what components would you make sure were present in the plan and why? What would you do to ensure knowledge of the plan's provisions?
4. What role, if any, should emergency managers play in ensuring emergency medical care for a mass-casualty incident? In other words, what can emergency managers and disaster planners do to facilitate such care? In what ways may public safety agencies or infrastructure agencies (such as the utility companies or public works) play a role in effectively responding to mass casualties?
5. In your estimation, what makes for a good emergency manager or disaster planner? What personal attributes would contribute to the success of such an official? Also, what kind of resources and support must be available to multiply the effectiveness of the emergency management function in an agency or community? To what degree do you think those resources are available to the emergency management profession today?

Solution Summary

Definition of Risk and risk analysis. Description of the phases of risk or emergency management planning, the role of the risk manager and the qualities of an effective risk manager.

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