Preliminary Observation On A State Civil Defense Hazardous Material Program

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Disaster Research Center
This is an interim report on the apparent themes central to the development of the X State Civil Defense. Initially, the study was to focus on the development of the hazardous material program. However, this perspective was modified when it became obvious that the program could not be understood apart from the organization itself. Briefly, the civil defense (CD) agency became involved in the business of hazardous materials due to an effort to transform a bureaucratic organization composed of retired military personnel into an operationally oriented emergency response organization. However, the hazardous material program became a goal in itself--a fact that is responsible for much of the internal dissension in the organization at this time.
Observations, Civil Defense, Hazardous Material Program, Training Programs, Communication System