Volume 2, Issue 1, April 2017


Volume 2, Issue 1, April 2017

ISSN 2501-7837
ISSN-L 2501-7837

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  • Earthquake emergency plan analysis; a case study of Bacău County in Romania

    Author: Radu Ionescu

    Abstract: The work is structured as follows: First, it will briefly talk about an emergency plan’s function and structure. From this starting point the article will move on to the actual plan and highlight some of its major deficiencies. Special attention will be given to why having a model plan is a bad idea and to the link between emergency plans and policy/legislative context. In the end, a couple of the plan’s strong points will be discussed. The main point to be drawn from this plan’s analysis is that focusing on the policy and the deadlines it imposes without taking in to account local limitations leads to hastily, mass-produced plans, which are far removed from the recommended planning process.

    Keywords: Integrated Emergency Management, emergency planning, earthquake planning, landslide planning, emergency plan analysis.

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  • 9/11, Elitism or Post-Modernism

    Author: Radu Ionescu

    Abstract: This paper will evaluate the way the events of 9/11 were interpreted. The evaluation will use two perspectives: Elitism and Post-modernism. The paper is structured as follows. After a short description of the events the concept of elitism is introduced. After that the focus moves on what disaster problems were identified after 9/11 from an elitist perspective, what policies this generated and what was the outcome of these policies. This same structure is kept in place in the second part of the paper where a similar evaluation happens, this time using post-modernism as a lens. The paper concludes that the two perspectives are complementary and proposes a solution grounded in cognitive psychology to what it sees as an issue of there being too many benefits associated with the creation of certain metanarratives.

    Keywords: Integrated Emergency Management, disaster narratives, elitism, post-modernism, disaster policy planning.

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