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Can we be prepared for the next accident or catastrophe?: Potential contributions of emergency collaboration exercises
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences. (LINA)
2013 (English)In: Proceedings of  The 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies; 10 Jul 2013-12 Jul 2013; The University of Manchester. Manchester, United Kingdom: The University of Manchester Library; 2013., Manchester: University of Manchester Library , 2013, 1-12 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Catastrophes and accidents (natural,technological, or man-made) have been subjected to scientific research fromdifferent disciplines and perspectives for a long time. Examples of theseperspectives include community risk and vulnerability, human behaviour duringcrisis, fire behaviour and eco-system management, decision-making,communication, and collaboration issues. This paper deals with differentperspectives of preparation and prevention in terms of accidents andcatastrophes. The overall aim is to present an overview of different aspects onthe possibility for organisations and societies to be prepared for the nextincident and to highlight emergency exercises as a part of crisis management. Inthe second part of the paper the project “Collaboration exercises—from parallelto synchronous”, is introduced. The project is carried out in Sweden, and aimsto explore how collaboration between police, ambulance and rescue services ispracticed and developed during exercises. Of particular interest is inter-organisationalcollaboration and learning during exercises. To develop an understanding ofthese processes, a range of different types of emergency collaborationexercises was observed and participants were interviewed about theirexperiences. Tentative findings from the studies so far are briefly introduced.Some challenges of using exercises to increase the preparedness for managing theuncertainty and the unexpected are further discussed.

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Manchester: University of Manchester Library , 2013. 1-12 p.
Keyword [en]
accident, crisis management, collaboration, emergency services, exercise, Sweden
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Other Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-5590ISBN: 978-0-9576682-0-1OAI: diva2:644495
The 8th International Conference in Critical Management Studies, University of Manchester 10-12 of July, 2013.
Available from: 2013-08-30 Created: 2013-08-30 Last updated: 2016-06-27Bibliographically approved

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