Open Access Open Access  Restricted Access Subscription or Fee Access

Planning for the last disaster: Correctional facilities and emergency preparedness

Jeffrey A. Schwartz, PhD

Abstract


This study uses hurricanes Katrina and Rita to illustrate the phenomenon of “planning for the last disaster,” in which public agencies become so transfixed by a profound crisis or disaster that they begin to prepare for another occurrence of the same event. In doing so, they abandon or ignore their ongoing and more generic emergency planning and deny the obvious, that the next emergency or disaster has a high probability of being a very different situation. The same counterproductive results can be obtained if an organization is swept up in media hype and public concern about an “emergency du jour,” such as Y2K or pandemic flu. Although this article examines these issues in correctional organizations, the same principles apply to almost all public agencies.

Keywords


corrections, emergencies, crises, disaster, jails, prisons

Full Text:

PDF

References


-




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2009.0090

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


Copyright (c) 2018 Journal of Emergency Management