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International Journal of Emergency Management (14 papers in press)


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  • Pre-positioning facilities for collecting tents from communities for post-earthquake relief   Order a copy of this article
    by Jing-Xian Zhou, Zhi-Hua Hu, Xiang Li 
    Abstract: Pre-positioning facilities for collecting tents distributed in communities is critical to improve the efficacy of tent collection and supply in post-earthquake relief. This paper aims at a pre-positioning problem for facilities that collect the tents in communities by considering various earthquake scenarios. A bi-stage stochastic programming model is formulated for the facility location problem. The model minimises the economic costs and time-related penalty costs. Considering the effects of objective weights and known parameters on the solutions, five experiments were performed and analysed for studying the proposed model. A case illustrates the location problem for the facilities for collecting tents from communities in Pudong New District, Shanghai, China, in the relief of the Yaan earthquake.
    Keywords: emergency logistics; location problem; stochastic programming; uncertain scenario; earthquake

  • Facility location in humanitarian relief: a review   Order a copy of this article
    by Ashish Trivedi, Amol Singh 
    Abstract: Humanitarian logistics and supply chain management have emerged as areas of research interest in the last decade, owing to increased frequency and impact of disasters. Facility location decisions are critical to the success of any humanitarian relief effort and thus have found significant attention from researchers and practitioners. This study aims to present current practices, trends and developments in facility location research. They are then used to identify and recommend areas for future research. A systematic review of existing literature is carried out over a period of eleven years (2005-2015) by classifying it exhaustively on basis of several dimensions such as disaster types, speed of occurrence, methodology adopted, model structure, objective functions, constraints and solution techniques. The literature is also categorised according to year of publication and journals. The paper establishes an agenda for future research in facility location domain of humanitarian logistics using an operational research perspective.
    Keywords: facility location, disaster response, humanitarian logistics, optimisation models.

  • Multi-objective optimisation model of emergency material allocation in emergency logistics: a view of utility, priority, and economic principles   Order a copy of this article
    by Daqiang Chen, Fei Ding, Huang Ying, Danzhi Sun 
    Abstract: This study presented a multi-objective optimisation model of emergency material allocation with a utilitypriorityeconomy allocation strategy. This strategy is suitable for a multi-depot and multiply affected area emergency logistics system. This proposed allocation strategy comprises three principles, namely, utility, priority, and economy. First, according to the analysis of the three principles, three objectives were set as the total utility of allocated emergency materials, total satisfaction of emergency requirement, and total cost of emergency material allocation. Second, the solution procedure for the proposed multi-objective optimisation model was designed on the basis of goal programming. Third, the model and the solution procedure were evaluated with a simulation case from the Wenchuan earthquake. Results confirm that this model and solution procedure can effectively address emergency material allocation problems with a more reasonable solution.
    Keywords: emergency logistics; emergency material allocation; multi-objective optimisation; goal programming.

  • A literature review of methods for providing enhanced operational oversight of teams in emergency management   Order a copy of this article
    by Christopher Bearman, Benjamin Brooks, Christine Owen, Steven Curnin, Sophia Rainbird 
    Abstract: Teamwork is an important component of effective emergency management. From time to time teamwork will break down in the complex situations involved in managing emergencies. It is important for people who have operational oversight of these teams to be able to detect these breakdowns quickly and effectively. However, there is typically little guidance within many agencies about how best to do this. This paper reviews the literature on team monitoring by observers in emergency management and related domains and identifies four key approaches to monitoring teams by observers: 1) Coordination, Cooperation and Task-Related Communication (3C); 2) Information Flow (IF), 3) Linguistic Analysis (LA) and 4) Team Outputs (TO). These methods provide a number of different options that agencies involved in emergency management can use as the basis for developing enhanced operational oversight of teams.
    Keywords: emergency management; teamwork; monitoring; wildfire; response; safety.

  • Mapping community diversity and e-participation in emergency management: evidence from WebEOC in the city of San Francisco   Order a copy of this article
    by Kyujin Jung 
    Abstract: While scholars and practitioners in the field of emergency management have investigated the nature of civic engagement, little research has been undertaken on the impact of community diversity on civic participation. Meanwhile, WebEOC, 'Emergency Operation Center in the Internet', is seen as a good tool to increase response capacity of emergency management through citizens participation. By using the WebEOC log history and American Community Survey data in the city of San Francisco, spatial autocorrelation and cluster analysis of the Arc Geographic Information System is used to analyse how community diversity affects civic participation in emergency management. The spatial analysis results show that the high level of e-participation in urban emergency management appears in highly dense block groups, such as central business districts and secondary commercial areas. In terms of the effects of community diversity, the results confirm that community diversity in income, occupancy, and tenure are spatially correlated in the block groups. The findings also provide theoretical insights into the nature of community diversity that accounts for citizens who participate in urban emergency management through social media, particularly providing critical information for mitigating hazards.
    Keywords: e-participation; community diversity; emergency management; WebEOC.

  • Resilience from the real world towards specific organisational resilience in emergency response organisations   Order a copy of this article
    by John Van Trijp, Kees Boersma, Peter Groenewegen 
    Abstract: In this paper, we present a quick overview of six types of resilience to present a minimalistic sketch of the resilience landscape and show the definitions for resilience originally have a mechanistic point of view (bounce back after disaster has struck), in contrast to the present day approach, in which adaptive learning capabilities embedded in strong network-relationships are of vital importance for resilience. Eventually we focus on organisational resilience for emergency response organisations. Organisational resilience is of great importance to an emergency response organisation to cope adequately with outcomes before or after a crisis emerges. We briefly introduce a quantitative organisational resilience model for Dutch emergency response organisations (Safety Regions). We present studies describing and clarifying the variables and attributes based on this quantitative model, and draw relevant conclusions.
    Keywords: organisational resilience; keystone vulnerabilities; situational awareness; adaptive capacity; quality; emergency response organisation; quantitative resilience model; emergency management; emergency response.

  • The fire station location problem: a literature survey   Order a copy of this article
    by Esra Aleisa 
    Abstract: Urban fire causes significant threat to lives and property. The location of a fire station is critical to reduce response time and eventually increase the possibility of beating dangerous life-threatening flashovers. Fuzzy international standards, population density, traffic conditions, and distance to other existing fire stations and fire resources are some of the criteria considered in the fire station location problem. In this paper, we conduct a thorough literature survey of well-founded research that brings forth methodologies for better locations of fire stations . It compares methodologies that adopt fuzzy multi-objective optimisation, maximal coverage, geographic information systems, Genetic Algorithm, Ant Algorithm, Tabu Search, and Simulated Annealing to solve the complex problem with higher efficiency and in due course to increase the possibility of rescue and survival.
    Keywords: fire stations; location; response time.

  • Social media in emergency management: exploring Twitter use by emergency responders in the UK   Order a copy of this article
    by Sophie Parsons, Mark Weal, Nathaniel O'Grady, Peter Atkinson 
    Abstract: Emergency Management practices are being reshaped by social media. Emergency responders are embracing social media to enhance communications during an emergency. The integration of social media into UK emergency management is ambigious, and it is uncertain as to whether it is an effective tool. Using a mixed methods approach, this research investigates the UK emergency responders use of social media for emergency management, focusing in particular on the UK winter floods of 2013/14. Furthermore, the effectiveness of the UK emergency responders social media activity is examined. This research shows that the responders perceive social media as a useful tool to effectively deliver information to the public, although they do not appear to fully exploit it in an emergency. While the responders appear to predominantly post caution and advice, the results suggest that information about structures and utilities affected by an incident is most likely to engage an audience.
    Keywords: UK floods; emergency management; social media; audience engagement; mixed methods; Twitter; emergency responders; emergency communications; local resilience forums; thematic analysis.

  • Peak performance: collaborative crisis management before and during international summits   Order a copy of this article
    by Sanneke Kuipers, Marij Swinkels 
    Abstract: This comparative case study probes into conditions for collaborative governance in the security organisation of international summits. The security of summits can be seen as a latent crisis, for which collaboration amongst a variety of stakeholders is necessary. Managing collaboration in preparation for latent crises is the focus of this paper. The case studies (the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague in 2014 and the G20 in Toronto in 2010) reveal the importance of: inclusion of a diversity of relevant actors; symmetry of power and resources among actors; the outreach and legitimisation by network leaders; positive steps to repair antagonism between network partners and opposition against the summit; and the commitment of stakeholders to make the collaboration work. These findings highlight the importance of collaborative crisis management in preparing for and managing high profile security events.
    Keywords: collaborative governance; summits; crisis management; security management; networks; coordination;.

  • Harnessing the power of metaphor: uncovering a hidden language of interoperability within the natural speech of emergency managers   Order a copy of this article
    by Tony McAleavy, Martin Rhisiart 
    Abstract: This study harnesses the non-literal communicative power of metaphor to enable quicker transferal of rich detailed information within and across emergency management organisations to promote multi-agency interoperability. A series of inductive semi-structured interviews with emergency managers from the UK and USA were completed. The collated data was then analysed with content and metaphorical analysis to create two theories. First, the Trivial Pursuit Pie, a conceptual metaphor that demonstrates the interoperability problem whereby intrinsic barriers within command and control restrict interoperability. This metaphor can be used as a learning tool to heighten awareness of barriers to multi-agency interoperability in both academic and practitioner environments. Secondly, the Theory of Interoperability Metaphors (TIM) provides a metaphor-based lexicon for interoperability grounded in the natural language of emergency managers. TIM stimulates interoperability through the recognition and usage of linguistic metaphors to develop shared meanings and understanding.
    Keywords: emergency management; command and control; gold; silver and bronze; incident command system; interoperability; language; metaphor.

  • Simulation and improvement of personnel evacuation in living area of offshore platform   Order a copy of this article
    by Xinmei Zhang, Hao Sun, Chen Chen 
    Abstract: The living space of the offshore platform is relatively small and the staff density is generally large. It will cause the difficulty of evacuation in case of emergency. Combining the features of an offshore platform, the main influence factors of the personnel evacuation is proposed by qualify analysis. In the factors system, the controllable factors are found and quantitative simulation analysis is conducted to achieve the evacuation time and attendant problems in the nearby evacuation of the main deck living area under normal and typhoon conditions. The software Pathfinder is introduced to analyse the influence of different features of living area and personnel activities in the evacuation process. Through the simulation of the evacuation routes of people in different locations, the optimised evacuation route is determined. The evacuation time is shortened and the efficiency of the emergency evacuation will be improved.
    Keywords: offshore platform; evacuation; pathfinder; simulation; optimization.

  • Field hospital site selection criteria: a Delphi consensus study   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohammad Javad Moradian, Ali Ardalan, Amir Nejati, Ali Darvishi Boloorani, Ali Akbarisari, Behnaz Rastegarfar 
    Abstract: The aim of this study was to survey systematically experts opinion on the criteria for the selection of field hospital sites, in order to identify optimum locations for stockpiling them in the preparedness phase of disaster management. A Delphi consensus technique, directed by a systematic review of the published articles on the permanent hospitals site selection, is adapted. A preliminary list of 40 criteria, obtained from a systematic review, was prepared. In the next stage, through expert panel review, only 15 criteria were considered appropriate for the field hospital site selection. Thereafter, a panel of 44 experts consented to participate. In total, out of 15 generated statements, eight statements gained consensus in round 3. The application of 'expert Delphi technique' resulted in consensus in listing the main criteria for field hospital site selection. The list would help policymakers to allocate optimum sites for maintaining field hospitals, thus increasing their efficacy.
    Keywords: Delphi method; disaster management; field hospital; site selection.

  • How risk assessments by emergency management organisations fall prey to narrow framing   Order a copy of this article
    by David Etkin 
    Abstract: A review of risk assessments by a number of emergency management organisations shows that though ethical judgments are implicit in the methodologies and metrics used, they are not explicitly discussed. As a result these assessments lack transparency and suffer from narrow framing. It is proposed that the framing be broadened to integrate ethical decision-making with risk assessment and to frame the concept of risk more broadly, to create a more holistic and relevant decision-making framework.
    Keywords: ethical decision-making; risk assessment; emergency management; framing.

  • Lessons on environmental health and disaster preparedness, response and recovery from the severe Kelantan flooding in 2014   Order a copy of this article
    by Mohd Firdaus Mohd Radi, Jamal Hisham Hashim, Mohd Hasni Jaafar, Rozita Hod, Norfazilah Ahmad, Azmawati Mohammed Nawi, Gul Muhammad Baloch, Rohaida Ismail, Nur Izzah Farakhin Ayub 
    Abstract: Flood is a natural disaster that occurs annually in Malaysia, causing devastating effects and damage to property and lives. This study looks into the environmental health and disaster preparedness, response and recovery management throughout the severe 2014 Kelantan flooding. We conducted two focus group discussions (FGDs) with healthcare, rescue and welfare workers involved throughout the disaster. The unprecedented severe flooding affected our environmental health and disaster management leading to communication and coordination problems along with challenges in transportation, water, food, relocation centres, sanitation and solid waste management. State level officers faced greater challenges in inter-agency communication, coordination and collaboration. District level staff faced more complications during disaster and emergency response. Recommendations include improved coordination, effective communication, improved human resource management, accessible early warning system, community empowerment and awareness, and prioritization of continuous environmental health services. We hope that these recommendations can improve our future disaster management.
    Keywords: flood; environmental health; Kelantan; qualitative research.