A Bad Time for Disaster: Economic Stress and Disaster Resilience

21 Pages Posted: 1 Sep 2010  

Robert Lee Skertich

Point Park University School of Business; University of Pittsburgh Center for Disaster Management

David E. A. Johnson

Missouri State University - Political Science Dept

Louise K. Comfort

University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA

Date Written: August 30, 2010

Abstract

Local governments face threats from natural and man-made disasters, but tightening budgets create difficulty in developing the resource and information capacity to meet these challenges. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the federal government provided a variety of grants for equipment and system development, but those funding sources have changed. Local governments can improve their public safety and health preparedness and response capacity through intergovernmental cooperation efforts and robust information sharing. These actions enable local governments to develop resilience to extreme events, or the capacity to adapt to sudden, urgent demands more effectively.

Keywords: disaster, emergency management, public safety, municipal budgeting, economic stress, resiliency

JEL Classification: D73, D79, G38, H11, H51, H72, H77, I10

Suggested Citation

Skertich, Robert Lee and Johnson, David E. A. and Comfort, Louise K., A Bad Time for Disaster: Economic Stress and Disaster Resilience (August 30, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1668722 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1668722

Robert Lee Skertich (Contact Author)

Point Park University School of Business ( email )

201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States

University of Pittsburgh Center for Disaster Management ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States

David E. A. Johnson

Missouri State University - Political Science Dept ( email )

901 S National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
United States
417-836-6956 (Phone)
417-836-6655 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://polsci.missouristate.edu/

Louise K. Comfort

University of Pittsburgh, GSPIA ( email )

Pittsburgh, PA 15260-0001
United States
412-648-7606 (Phone)
412-648-2605 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.iisis.pitt.edu

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