The increased number of natural disasters resembling Superstorm Sandy have moved the field of emergency management towards promoting disaster risk reduction (DRR) and hazard mitigation planning (HMP) of critical infrastructure (CI). CI represents the power grids, transportation networks, water and sewer systems, fuel networks, and the information and communication technologies (ICTs). The complexity of CI has been a concern for reducing the risks and vulnerabilities during natural weather events. The theoretical underpinning is supported by the complex adaptive system (CAS) feedback loop structure that supports the context of the changes within the system for resilience and adaptation to impacts. A generic qualitative inquiry has been performed to explore the challenges experienced by emergency managers in rural and urban counties to accomplish DRR and HMP for CI. Using a semi-structured, face-to-face interview provided the personal anecdote of risk reduction and mitigation planning within their role as an emergency manager. The findings of the research concluded that there are positive and negative aspects of the core influences of DRR towards building excellence in infrastructure systems. The key findings were the participants experiences and lessons learned to build disaster resilience of CI and what emergency managers could do differently from the lessons learned from past disaster impacts. The conclusions offered meaningful data obtained through the exploratory responses of the study participants in an attempt to explain the context of the influences of reducing risks. The findings also revealed that the context in one county is not equal in all of the counties that participated in the study.
|Commitee:||Brown, Michael, Paynich, Rebecca|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-A 81/8(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Sustainability, Area Planning and Development, Political science|
|Keywords:||Adaptation, Critical infrastructure, Disaster resilience, Emergency management, Natural disasters, Vulnerabilites|
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