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Designing preparedness – Emergency preparedness in a community context

Eriksson, Kerstin LU (2008)
Abstract
There has been an increased focus in society on preparedness for emergency

response in recent years. Today there is legislation that requires all Swedish

authorities at the local, regional and national levels to prepare for emergency

management and response. Since the task is rather new, most authorities are

just beginning to address it. How the preparedness process should be designed

and integrated into daily work has often not yet been decided.

This licentiate thesis presents research on how Swedish authorities, at a local

and regional level, are working to design their preparedness processes. The

research questions are as follows:

How does the preparedness... (More)
There has been an increased focus in society on preparedness for emergency

response in recent years. Today there is legislation that requires all Swedish

authorities at the local, regional and national levels to prepare for emergency

management and response. Since the task is rather new, most authorities are

just beginning to address it. How the preparedness process should be designed

and integrated into daily work has often not yet been decided.

This licentiate thesis presents research on how Swedish authorities, at a local

and regional level, are working to design their preparedness processes. The

research questions are as follows:

How does the preparedness process function?

What are the challenges and obstacles faced by the organisations

during the preparedness process?

Studies examining the preparedness processes were carried out in five Swedish

authorities at the local and regional level. Five challenges and obstacles were

identified:

- People not directly involved in the preparedness work do not read the plans

created.

- People not directly involved in the preparedness work are not familiar with

the planning.

- There is often no planned process (e.g. exercises and reflections) for

transferring the results of the preparedness work.

- Opportunities to gain a broader view of potential emergencies by the use of

one scenario with its possible variations in the course of events are

commonly overlooked.

- Emergency managers have difficulties getting others in the organisation

interested and committed to preparedness issues, including management.

Every organisation has to develop its own process for working with

preparedness for emergency response to further improve preparedness planning

and avoid the five identified obstacles. To facilitate this effort, every

organisation should consider who needs to be involved (both inside and

outside the organisation) and what knowledge and competences these persons

need to deal with future emergencies. (Less)
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Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University
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978-91-633-3030-8
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English
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  abstract     = {There has been an increased focus in society on preparedness for emergency<br/><br>
response in recent years. Today there is legislation that requires all Swedish<br/><br>
authorities at the local, regional and national levels to prepare for emergency<br/><br>
management and response. Since the task is rather new, most authorities are<br/><br>
just beginning to address it. How the preparedness process should be designed<br/><br>
and integrated into daily work has often not yet been decided.<br/><br>
This licentiate thesis presents research on how Swedish authorities, at a local<br/><br>
and regional level, are working to design their preparedness processes. The<br/><br>
research questions are as follows:<br/><br>
How does the preparedness process function?<br/><br>
What are the challenges and obstacles faced by the organisations<br/><br>
during the preparedness process?<br/><br>
Studies examining the preparedness processes were carried out in five Swedish<br/><br>
authorities at the local and regional level. Five challenges and obstacles were<br/><br>
identified:<br/><br>
- People not directly involved in the preparedness work do not read the plans<br/><br>
created.<br/><br>
- People not directly involved in the preparedness work are not familiar with<br/><br>
the planning.<br/><br>
- There is often no planned process (e.g. exercises and reflections) for<br/><br>
transferring the results of the preparedness work.<br/><br>
- Opportunities to gain a broader view of potential emergencies by the use of<br/><br>
one scenario with its possible variations in the course of events are<br/><br>
commonly overlooked.<br/><br>
- Emergency managers have difficulties getting others in the organisation<br/><br>
interested and committed to preparedness issues, including management.<br/><br>
Every organisation has to develop its own process for working with<br/><br>
preparedness for emergency response to further improve preparedness planning<br/><br>
and avoid the five identified obstacles. To facilitate this effort, every<br/><br>
organisation should consider who needs to be involved (both inside and<br/><br>
outside the organisation) and what knowledge and competences these persons<br/><br>
need to deal with future emergencies.},
  author       = {Eriksson, Kerstin},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {100},
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  title        = {Designing preparedness – Emergency preparedness in a community context},
  year         = {2008},
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