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The disaster return-entry process: a discussion of issues, strategies and future research

Laura K. Siebeneck (Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA)
Thomas J. Cova (Department of Geography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 26 January 2021

Issue publication date: 8 July 2021




Return-entry is understudied in the disaster science literature. This paper provides an overview of the return-entry process, identifies key factors informing the selection of return strategy, proposes a simple classification of return strategies and offers ideas for advancing research in this area.


This paper explores previous research and recent return-entry processes in order to advance understanding of strategies emergency managers employ and decisions they make when managing the return movement of evacuees home after disasters.


The paper offers new insights into the management of the return movement, proposes primary factors considered when developing return strategies and offers a framework for the selection of strategies utilized by emergency managers.


Given that return-entry is a burgeoning area of inquiry in disaster science, this paper advances knowledge and understanding of return-entry movements after disasters and outlines key research needs.



Siebeneck, L.K. and Cova, T.J. (2021), "The disaster return-entry process: a discussion of issues, strategies and future research", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 30 No. 3, pp. 369-383.



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