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Disaster Management in the Rotterdam Conurbation

Disaster Prevention and Management

ISSN: 0965-3562

Article publication date: 1 April 1992



Describes in detail the disaster management system within the Rotterdam conurbation, outlining the different sub‐systems for which separate services and organizations are responsible. These include the standby relief services dealing with the crisis at its source; the “subsystem relief” aimed at providing medical aid to disaster victims; a system designed to warn and relocate the population within the “source and effects” area; a logistics system to provide relief units with food, drink, petrol, oil lubricants, etc., necessary for effective operation; and traffic control within the safety zone to allow for evacuation and access for ambulances, fire engines, etc. Details the documentation of a “master plan for disaster control”, which concerns the tasks of the emergency services, the manner in which disaster control is led by the mayor and the municipal disaster staff, and the operational management and command bodies which are entrusted with the co‐ordination of the actual disaster control.



Vossenaar, B. (1992), "Disaster Management in the Rotterdam Conurbation", Disaster Prevention and Management, Vol. 1 No. 1.




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