Emergency management involves prevention, education, immediate response, and medium to long term recovery and reconstruction.
Natural and human-caused disasters continue to be regular events in developing countries. Some of the original damage is avoidable; several of the items included here discuss low-cost ways to minimize damage to houses from earthquakes and hurricanes, for example. Some of the damage comes after the initial disaster, as water supplies are polluted and perhaps food supplies are interrupted. The relief efforts themselves can cause additional damage. This may happen if the basic food supply was not affected by the original disaster, and a sudden inflow of donated food distorts the agricultural produce markets. This kind of common event means a second economic disaster for the farmers.
This category might provide experienced management guidelines for maximizing the positive effects of disaster relief operations while minimizing the negative side effects. Public health measures, control of medical supplies, and housing reconstruction are major topic areas, including the human efforts on the disaster prevention and emergency labor details. 
Emergency preparedness[edit | edit source]
Plans are worthless, but planning is everything. There is a very great distinction because when you are planning for an emergency you must start with this one thing: the very definition of "emergency" is that it is unexpected, therefore it is not going to happen the way you are planning.' - Dwight D. EisenhowerW (quotes). Speech to the National Defense Executive Reserve Conference in Washington, D.C. (November 14, 1957)
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Books[edit | edit source]
- Engineering in Emergencies: A Practical Guide for Relief Workers, 2nd ed, 2002, edited by Jan Davis and Robert Lambert. published by Intermediate Technology Development Group and developed in collaboration with the agency RedR. ISBN 1853395218 or ISBN 978-1853395215
- Public Health Engineering in Emergency Situations
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- Mismanaging disasters (audio download & transcript) - Background Briefing, ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 27 February 2011
- This page includes content from David Bartecchi of Village Earth.