Policing in Natural Disasters

Stress, Resilience, and the Challenges of Emergency Management

Terri M. Adams and Leigh R. Anderson
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PB: $29.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1837-1
Publication: Jan 19

HC: $94.50
EAN: 978-1-4399-1836-4
Publication: Jan 19

Ebook: $29.95
EAN: 978-1-4399-1838-8
Publication: Jan 19

248 pages
5.25 x 8.5
1 figs., 4 halftones

How disaster work impacts law enforcement officers and first responders based on some of the worst disasters in modern history


When natural disasters and emergencies strike, the short- and long-term effects of these events on first responders—the very people society relies upon in the midst of a catastrophe—are often overlooked. Policing in Natural Disasters provides a comprehensive analysis of the major challenges faced by law enforcement officers during extreme crisis events. Terri Adams and Leigh Anderson examine the dilemmas police departments face as well as the impact of the disasters on the professional and personal lives of the officers. Case studies explore the response and recovery phases of emergencies including Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Santiago, Chile, and the Superstorm Tornado Outbreak in 2011.

Policing in Natural Disasters was inspired by the personal accounts of triumph and tragedy shared by first responders. It provides an understanding of first-responder behaviors during disasters, as well as the preparedness, mitigation, response and recovery policy implications for first responders and emergency managers. As first responders must frequently cope with stress, uncertainty, and threats to their health and safety during high-consequence events, Adams and Anderson provide lessons from first-hand experiences of police officers that can lead to better management in times of crisis.

About the Author(s)

Terri M. Adams is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Deputy Director, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) at Howard University.

Leigh R. Anderson is the Chief Performance Analyst in the Public Safety Section of the City of Chicago Office of Inspector General.