Emergency Planning


Since December 26, 2004 until now, earthquakes still hit Sumatra Island, Indonesia. Sometime, they have high magnitudes that make people in five provinces on the west coast of the island worried of tsunami disaster. As an emergency manager, you have been asked to do an emergency planning for this circumstance.


1. What factors do you use to identify hazard exposure to support your protective action recommendation (PAR)?

2. Sometime, when earthquakes have high magnitude, people assume that tsunami will strike their land. How do you plan an early warning system that involves all local jurisdictions in the west coast of Sumatra (see also social context, organization, warning credible source)?

3. Which population protective response do you recommend on these contiguous earthquakes: evacuation or in place protection? Why?

4. When the PAR is to evacuate because the early warning system reports that tsunami will occur, how do you plan a warning mechanism to prevent people, who live relatively far from shore line, doing spontaneous protective response that impedes the compliance of people who are at risk?

5. The most significant impact of earthquake is the destruction of homes. What assessments are required if the community insists to return to the disaster area?

Discussion Questions for Chapters 5, 6, and 10 of Emergency Planning

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