Adapting and Evolving in Emergency Response – The Case for More Complex Multi-Organizational Partnerships

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  1. Norton, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Security Science, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
This paper posits a need for a paradigmatic shift in thinking about how emergency response organizations think about themselves and interact with one another following a major event. Society is becoming increasingly complex, as are the problems that society will need to address. While there has been and continues to be much emphasis in emergency response on the need for better coordination of response and recovery efforts, depending on the severity of an event, it may be that other types of multi-organizational partnerships, besides coordination, are needed or will aid in response efforts. There are three fundamental questions that need to be answered following an event: What needs to be done? Who should do what? How best to do it? As events increase in magnitude – moving from incidents, to routine emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes – so does the complexity of response and recovery needs and efforts, which makes it increasingly difficult to derive the necessary answers. Major events can have unusual and complicated impacts, which are often beyond the problem-solving and management boundaries of individual organizations. It may be as well that organizations will not already exist to address certain impacts following a disaster or catastrophic event. Deciding how best to respond to an event in all of its facets will necessitate that organizational responders work more closely together they than may currently do by engaging in cooperative or collaborative partnerships.

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Report Number
DRDC-CSS-TM-2009-01 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 May 2009
Number of Pages
69
DSTKIM No
CA033235
CANDIS No
532528
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Electronic Document(PDF)

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