Preparing public safety organizations for disaster response: a study of Tucson, Arizona′s response to flooding

Charles P. McHugh (Based at Arizona Division of Emergency Management, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Publication date: 1 December 1995

Abstract

Tucson, Arizona, experienced two large‐scale floods in October 1983 and January 1993. In comparing these floods, examines both the natural events and the response of public safety organizations. A summary of the natural events compares the weather, flooding and damages. In consideration of the human response to the 1983 event, finds that the community′s emergency co‐ordination centre was ineffective and isolated from the public safety response network. Furthermore, an organizational structure, suited to the management of large‐scale, multi‐organizational response, failed to emerge. Concludes that local government mitigated these deficiencies before the January 1993 flood. This was accomplished in two ways. First, the community′s emergency management agency merged into the Sheriff′s Department and second, through consensus building and training, the community institutionalized an effective disaster response organizational structure.

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McHugh, C. (1995), "Preparing public safety organizations for disaster response: a study of Tucson, Arizona′s response to flooding", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 4 No. 5, pp. 25-36. https://doi.org/10.1108/09653569510100974

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