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close this bookAn Overview of Disaster Management (Department of Humanitarian Affairs/United Nations Disaster Relief Office - United Nations Development Programme , 1992, 136 p.)
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Disaster response is the sum total of actions taken by people and institutions in the face of disaster. These actions commence with the warning of an oncoming threatening event or with the event itself if it occurs without warning. Disaster response includes the implementation of disaster preparedness plans and procedures, thus overlaping with disaster preparedness. The end of disaster response comes with the completion of disaster rehabilitation programmes.

This chapter identifies the principal activities of disaster response. Each activity is, formally or informally, governed by a set of policies and procedures, and each activity is typically under the auspices of a lead agency. In the end, disaster response activities are implemented by a myriad of government organizations, international and national agencies, local entities and individuals, each with their roles and responsibilities.

A full discussion of disaster response would, for each activity, identify:

Who is responsible for its implementation, who supports it

What means are required for its implementation

When are its activities implemented

What is its scope

Why does it need to be done