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Historically, interagency emergency management has been a reactive science shaped by results of
catastrophes, calamities, heightened risks, and newly identified threats that affect the population, economic
stability, infrastructure, and national resilience. Since the 1700s with the Union Fire company to the present,
Interagency Emergency Management has had several defining moment or events. Analyze and apply the
readings and conduct additional research to complete this Discussion.
Discuss the following: (1) List and discuss at least 5 events you feel impacted and defined interagency
emergency management during its history and evolution. (2) Then, select two of the events you feel
were the most impactful to interagency emergency management, and explain why you feel they were
most impactful. Post this by the end of Week 1. Remember if you use sources, you must cite them in
Readings to Assist in Discussion:
Haddow, G.D., Bullock, J.A., & Coppola, D.P. (2007). Introduction to emergency management
(3rd ed.). Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann. Chapter 1
FEMA. (n.d.). The historical context of emergency management. Retrieved from,%20disaster%20and%20risk%20mgmt%20concepts.doc
Lindsay, B.R. (2012, Nov 30). Federal emergency management: A brief
introduction. Congressional Research Service 7-5700. Retrieved from
Mener, A. S. (2007, May 10). Disaster response in the United States of America: An analysis of
the bureaucratic and political history of a failing system. CUREJ: College
Undergraduate Research Electronic Journal, University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved
Vann, B.A. (2012, March). The Galveston Hurricane of 1900. University of the Cumberlands,
3(1), 1-5. Retrieved from
Cline, I.M. (2004, February 4). Special report on the Galveston Hurricane of September 8,
1900. NOAA. Retrieved from
Scawthorn, C., O’Rourke, T.D., & Blackburn, F.T. (2006, April). The 1906 San Francisco
Earthquake and Fire—Enduring Lessons for Fire Protection and Water Supply. Earthquake Spectra,
22(S2), 135-158. Retrieved from
Siemens, R. & Gillon, P. (2010, December). Lessons from the Great Fire of 1906. Risk
Management 57(10), 10-11. Retrieved from
Jivraj, N. & Butler, A. (2013). The 1918–19 influenza pandemic revisited. J R Coll Physicians
Edinb, 43, 347–352. Retrieved from
Glickman, M., Chowell, G., Hengartner, N.W., Ammon, C. , & Hyman, M. (2008,
June). Learning from the past to prepare for the future: Modeling the impact of
hypothetical interventions during the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Abington, 21(2),
55-60. DOI:10.1007/s00144-008-0044-0. Retrieved from

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