A Framework for Evaluating Emergency Preparedness Plans and Response Strategies

Larson A (2008). A Framework for Evaluating Emergency Preparedness Plans and Response Strategies. IIASA Interim Report. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: IR-08-008

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Abstract

A framework for evaluating emergency preparedness plans is presented, aimed at preparedness plans requiring multi-agency cooperation and coordination. The approach relies on an evaluation by criteria, assessing degrees of fulfillment for criteria which are collected from findings in social science research on emergency management. The criteria are categorised into 1) organisational criteria, 2) maturity criteria, and 3) effectiveness criteria. The first category is concerned with properties of the ad-hoc organisation set-up, having nodes in several different agencies. The second category assess the technical and non-technical, activities or solutions planned or implemented and their stage of development. The third category is concerned with a knowledge of response effectiveness, using numerical metrics to measure effectiveness and consequences.

Further, a new method for multi-attribute decision evaluation of different response strategies is suggested. The method allows for soft input relaxing the requirement for specifying precise trade-offs between a set of reasonable attributes. This method can be used as a complement to cost-benefit analyses in the evaluation and selection of cost effective and reasonable response strategies.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Interim Report)
Research Programs: Integrated Modeling Environment (IME)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:41
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2016 02:29
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/8773

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