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Topics in Public Policy: Disaster Preparedness

September is recognized as National Preparedness month (NPM) which serves as a reminder that we all must take action to prepare, now and throughout the year, for the types of emergencies that could affect us where we live, work, and also where we visit. Find out what resources Dewey has available for Public Policy students researching this topic. Then come see Dewey's September display on Disaster Preparedness for more info on building emergency kits and pick up a complete bibliography for your research!

FEMA's Brochures and Tools

If you're focusing on one particular type of emergency, FEMA's Know Your Hazards page has seven sections on disasters ranging from shootings to winter storms. FEMA includes instructions on how to prepare for such situations, and their "How to Prepare" pamphlets include data such as "Frequency of Flood Events by County" and "Frequency of Abnormally Cold Days per year by County."

Databases and Websites

Books Available at the University Libraries

  • Atkinson, C.L. (2014). Toward resilient communities: Examining the impacts of local governments in disasters. New York: Routledge.
    Dewey / HV 555 U6 A85 2014
  • Blandford, E.D., & Sagan, S.D. (Eds.). (2016). Learning from a disaster: Improving nuclear safety and security after Fukushima. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
    Science Library / TK1365.J3 L43 2016
  • Egli, D.S. (2014). Beyond the storms: Strengthening homeland security and disaster management to achieve resilience. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
    Dewey Library / UA 23 E393 2014
  • Farazmand, A. (Ed.). (2014). Crisis and emergency management: Theory and practice. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.
    Dewey Library / HV 551.3 H36 2014
  • Kostro, S.S., & Riba, G. (2014). Achieving disaster resilience in U.S. communities: Executive branch, congressional, and private sector efforts. Washington, D.C.: Center for Strategic & International Studies.
    Dewey Library / HV555.U6 K67 2014

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, Subject Librarian for Public Policy, at (518) 442-3699 or - or drop by during Cathy's office hours, held weekly on Mondays from 4-7pm.

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