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The use of emergency operations centres in local government emergency management


Sinclair, H and Doyle, EEH and Johnston, DM and Paton, D, The use of emergency operations centres in local government emergency management, International Journal of Emergency Management, 9, (3) pp. 205-228. ISSN 1471-4825 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1504/IJEM.2013.058542


This paper presents exploratory research into how local government emergency operations centres (EOCs) are used during emergency management preparedness activities, through a questionnaire survey of 48 organisations from New Zealand, Canada, and USA. Analysis was framed by defining effective emergency management as a person-environment fit process in which both person (competence, response management system) and environment (e.g., need for multi-agency response, decision making about complex, evolving emergencies) characteristics should be modelled in training. Each organisation was unique in their approach and the extent their EOC was active during training. Training tended to focus on implementing the structural model (e.g., CIMS) and less on developing the competencies necessary for people to operate effectively at a tactical or coordinating level of emergency management. There was recognition of a need to further develop approaches to training, with 63% of organisations stating that they would like more guidance and advice in emergency management training. Copyright © 2013 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Emergency operations centre, training, local government
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Social and personality psychology
Research Field:Social psychology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Natural hazards
Objective Field:Natural hazards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Paton, D (Professor Douglas Paton)
ID Code:89157
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2014-02-26
Last Modified:2015-03-04

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