|Disaster Management Ethics - Trainer's Guide - 1st Edition (Disaster Management Training Programme, 104 p.)|
|TOPIC 5: Disaster declaration and response|
Disaster declaration and response
In a short plenary session introduce the ethical situation, "Disaster Declaration and Response." Ask participants to indicate when they think a crisis ought to be recognized as a disaster. At this point ask participants to identify various crises and disasters and talk about the timing of international recognition and intervention. On a flip chart list points that participants make as they talk about these various examples. What reasons do they offer for criticizing a late or early intervention? What points do they offer as they make the case for earlier intervention or no intervention? Some crises are never recognized as disasters. Ask participants if they agree with this statement and if so, why they think that is the case. Again, record the reasons they identify for such decisions.
If they have not already indicated, ask participants WHO they think should be involved in deciding if a crisis is a disaster. Again, record their answers.
Ask participants to identify issues involved in deciding what kind of responses should be mobilized and BY WHOM.
WHEN is a crisis a disaster?
WHO decides whether a crisis is a disaster?
WHAT kind of response should be mobilized?