Local Civil Defense in Natural Disaster: From Office to Organization

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Disaster Research Center
This monograph will consider the functioning of civil defense offices in natural disasters. The focus will be on the actual operations of these units within the local community rather than attempting to explicate national or even state policy concerning their operations. While these social units have been expressly created to cope with nuclear disaster, over time they have come to be expected to assume important roles during disasters caused by tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, etc., as well as other kinds of community emergencies. While at national levels of policy the primary concern is still focused on nuclear consequences, state and local units of civil defense have become involved in disaster-related emergencies. The focus of the following chapters is on these types of involvement at the local community level.
civil defense, natural disaster, mobilization, social environment