This encyclopedia comprehensively explores major topics related to disaster response around the world via 425 signed entries in a two-volume set presented in A-to-Z format.
Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton (Chair and Vice Chair, respectively, of The 9/11 Commission Report, The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States) have contributed a special invited Preface.
Drawing contributors from varied academic disciplines (medicine and public health, public policy and administration, economics and politics, counseling and clinical psychology, social work and the human services, environmental studies and engineering, etc.), entries examine disaster response and relief in a manner that is authoritative yet accessible, jargon-free, and balanced to help readers better understand issues from varied perspectives.
While entries are organized in standard A-to-Z fashion, a thematic Reader's Guide in the front matter convenientlty groups related entries by broad, general topic area, and readers are further assisted by cross-references and recommended readings that follow each entry.
A Chronology, a Resource Guide, a Glossary, and other appendices provide invaluable pedagogical aids for readers.
A detailed index and an easy-to-search online version (in addition to the print version) make topics in the encyclopedia easily and readily accessible to a wide student population.