Weeks Module Readings

Module 1: Disaster Mitigation

U.S. Disaster Policies: History and Institutions

Mitigation Planning and Policy Strategies: Local, State, and Federal

Measuring and Mapping Vulnerability

Each of these Acts or Reforms tells part of the story of planning for and after disaster strikes in the United States. Choose three Acts/Reforms to research and be prepared to discuss and place on a timeline in class.

Coppola, Damon P. “Chapter 1: The Management of Disasters.” In Introduction to International Disaster Management. 3rd edition. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2015. ISBN: 9780128014776. [Preview with Google Books]

Perry, Ronald W. and E.L. Quarantelli, eds. What is a Disaster?: New Answers to Old Questions. Xlibris, 2005. ISBN: 9781413479850.

FEMA. Understanding Your Risks: Identifying Hazards and Estimating Losses.

Lindell, Michael K., Carla S. Prater, and Ronald W. Perry. “Chapter 7: Hazard Mitigation.” In Fundamentals of Emergency Management. FEMA, 2006.

Torsell, Carolyn V. “Federal Disaster Recovery Programs: Brief Summaries.” (PDF) Congressional Research Service. August 10, 2012.

Liu, Amy. “Federal Post-Disaster Recovery: A Review of Federal Programs.” (PDF) What Works Collaborative. May 2010.

Illinois Department of Natural Resources Office of Water Resources. “Floodplain Management in Illinois: Quick Guide.” (PDF - 3MB) 2001.

Boyd, Eugene. “Community Development Block Grant Funds in Disaster Relief and Recovery.” (PDF) Congressional Research Service. September 21, 2011.

Brown, Jared T., Francis X. McCarthy, and Edward C. Liu. “Analysis of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013.” (PDF) Congressional Research Service. March 11, 2013.

FEMA. “National Flood Insurance Program: Answers to Questions About the NFIP.” (PDF) March 2011.

Schwab, James C., ed. “Hazard Mitigation: Integrating Best Practices into Planning.” American Planning Association, 2010.

Lindell, Michael K., Carla S. Prater, and Ronald W. Perry. “Chapter 6: Hazard, Vulnerability and Risk Analysis.” In Fundamentals of Emergency Management. FEMA, 2006.

FEMA. “Hazard Mitigation Planning and Hazard Mitigation Grant Program; Interim Final Rule.” (PDF) Federal Register. Vol. 67, No. 38. February 26, 2002.

Drabek, Thomas E. “Managing the Emergency Response.” Public Administration Review 45 (1985): 85–92.


Module 2: Preparedness and Planning

Social and Economic Vulnerabilities

Community Resilience

Emergency Management Planning

Communication and Risk Management (Policies and Plans)

Week 7 - Workshop in Chile

Czerwinski, Stanley J. “Disaster Recovery: Selected Themes for Effective Long-Term Recovery.” (PDF) United States Government Accountability Office. June 6, 2012.

Olshansky, Robert B. “Making a Difference: Stories of Successful Seismic Safety Advocates.” Earthquake Spectra. May 2005, Vol. 21, No. 2, pp. 441–464.

———. “Planning After Hurricane Katrina.” Journal of the American Planning Association 72, no. 2 (2006): 147–153.

O’Connor, Daniel, Kara Brisson-Boivin, and Suzan Ilcan. “Governing Failure: Development, Aid and Audit in Haiti.” Conflict, Security & Development 14, no. 3 (2014): 309–330.

Haddow, George, Jane Bullock, and Damon P. Coppola. “Chapters 4 and 8.” In Introduction to Emergency Management. 6th edition. Butterworth-Heinemann, 2017. ISBN: 9780128030646. [Preview with Google Books]

Kim, Karl and Robert B. Olshansky. “The Theory and Practice of Building Back Better.” Journal of the American Planning Association, 80:4, 289–292.


Module 3: Disaster Response

Emergency Planning

Supporting Emergency Response Operations

Coordination and Collaboration in Emergency Response Planning and Management

Schwab, Jim. “Chapter 4: The Planning Process.” In Planning for Post-Disaster Recovery and Reconstruction. Later printing edition. Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1998. ISBN: 9781884829253.

Park, YoungWon, Paul Hong, and James Jungbae Roh. “Supply Chain Lessons from the Catastrophic Natural Disaster in Japan.” Business Horizons 56, no. 1 (2013): 75–85.

Pittman, Elaine. “What Big-Box Retailers Can Teach Government About Disaster Recovery.” GovTech. November 28, 2011.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. Introduction to Disaster Preparedness: Disaster Preparedness Training Programme. (PDF - 2.3MB) June 2000.

FEMA. Fundamentals of Emergency Management.


Module 4: Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding

Recovery Time Frames and Differential Recovery Rates

Long-Term Recovery

Post-Disaster Recovery Planning and Reconstruction

Post-Disaster Housing Planning and Land Readjustment

FEMA. Bringing the Plan to Life: Implementing the Hazard Mitigation Plan (PDF). August 2003.

Olshansky, Robert B., Laurie A. Johnson, and Kenneth C. Topping. “Rebuilding Communities Following Disaster: Lessons from Kobe and Los Angeles.” Built Environment 32, no. 4 (2006): 354–374.

Johnson, Laurie A., and Robert B. Olshansky. “The Road to Recovery: Governing Post-Disaster Reconstruction.” Land Lines 25, no. 3 (2013): 14–21.

Olshansky, Robert B., Laurie A. Johnson, et al. “Longer View: Planning for the Rebuilding of New Orleans.” Journal of the American Planning Association 74, no. 3 (2008): 273–287.

Passerini, Eve. “Disasters as Agents of Social Change in Recovery and Reconstruction.” Natural Hazards Review 1, no. 2 (2000): 67–72.

Jha, Abhas K., Jennifer Duyne Barenstein, et al. Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing After Natural Disasters. World Bank Publications, 2010.

Brian, Isabel, and Pía Mora. “Land Readjustment as Reconstruction Strategy in Chile.” Land Governance Laboratory. WP No. 10–2014. November 2014.

Silver, Marc. “Bill Gates Tells the World: Get Ready for the Next Epidemic.” NPR Goats and Soda. March 30, 2015.

American Planning Association Hazards Planning Research Center. Integrating Hazard Mitigation into Local Planning: A Literature Review and Resource List (PDF).