Global Disaster and Emergency Planning

Social Considerations in Global Emergency and Disaster Planning

Complete a written report that adequately analyzes the following areas of concern for a report to be sent to FEMA.

● Outline the following characteristics of global emergency and disaster planning:

○ Describe three or more social considerations in planning a response of a global nature where differing social impacts are present. Make sure to provide a means to prepare responders before deployment on the different social impacts they may encounter and deal with.

 ○ Describe three or more cultural considerations in planning a response of a global nature where differing cultural impacts are present. Make sure to provide a means to prepare responders before deployment on the different cultural impacts they may encounter and deal with.

○ Describe three or more behavioral considerations in planning a response of a global nature where differing behavioral impacts are present. Make sure to provide a means to prepare responders before deployment on the different behavioral impacts they may encounter and deal with.

○ Describe three or more economic considerations in planning a response of a global nature where differing economic impacts are present. Make sure to provide a means to prepare responders before deployment on the different economic impacts they may encounter and deal with.

 ● Identify the characteristics of a response to global incidents

● Explain how society can plan for global incidents

● Determine whether the articles provided an accurate portrayal of global emergency and disaster planning

Disasters are extreme events that occur and exceeds a community’s capability to cope. There are four main reasons for understanding the effects of natural disasters that produce social impacts (Drabek, 2012). They include hazard exposure, information about the disaster can be relayed to the necessary rescue teams to prioritize their efforts of most affected social classes, information about the disaster can be used to assess the level of damage on social amenities, and the perception of the disaster management process allows the emergency management team to identify the necessary interventions (Drabek, 2012). Though this consideration is important in the preparation of social impacts due to disaster, a research team carried out a study and realized that the effects of natural disasters on societies are never long term (Drabek, 2012). The only drawback to their study was that most natural disasters were small scale, thus not many relevant data could be collected. They then turned their attention to impact ratio. This is the amount of damage divided by some communal resources such as health centers available. In understanding disaster impacts, they hypothesized that if the amount of damage surpasses some resources available for the social disaster can have long-term effects (Drabek, 2012). However, the United States government created contingency plans in case of any event; this means if a disaster has a large impact scope, the government (both State and Federal) as well as NGOs direct resources to the affected areas to prevent long term effects. Therefore, with knowledge about the disaster, impact scope of the disaster, social amenities drastically affected, social class affected, and impact ratio (Drabek, 2012). The emergency team can be prepared with the necessary amount of resources not only to rescue the victims, but also to prevent long-term effects such as what happened with Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

Cultural Considerations in Global Emergency and Disaster Planning             Globalization has played a major role in the blending of culture in many countries. For example, in the United States of America, the Santa Clara County in California has the second largest ratio of immigrants.  With records dating back to 2013, more than 30% of the adult population where foreigners, taking their children into account move the number to approximately 66% (Sperry, 2013). This information shows that customs in such states differ from the local expectations. These beliefs run from the role of women, trust in the governments’ productivity…

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