publication . Doctoral thesis . 2010

Making sense in the edge of chaos : a framework for effective initial response efforts to large-scale incidents

Renaud, Cynthia E.;
Open Access
  • Published: 01 Sep 2010
  • Publisher: Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School
CHDS State/Local Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited A review of response efforts to 9/11 revealed considerable challenges to resolving an event of this magnitude. To cope with these challenges, the federal government created the National Incident Management System (NIMS), an organizational structure intended to manage resources and channel communication between disparate agencies working together to solve a catastrophic crisis. Yet, first responders who have been on-scene at large-scale events know there is an initial phase of chaos during which the forms, checklists and organizational structure of NIMS offer them little help for making sense...
free text keywords: National security, Civil rights, Terrorism
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