Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
- K. Bradley Penuel - New York University, USA
- Matt Statler - New York University, USA
This encyclopedia covers response to disasters around the world, from governments to NGOs, from charities to politics, from refugees to health, and from economics to international relations, covering issues in both historical and contemporary context. The volumes include information relevant to students of sociology, national security, economics, health sciences, political science, emergency preparedness, history, agriculture, and many other subjects. The goal is to help readers appreciate the importance of the effects, responsibilities, and ethics of disaster relief, and to initiate educational discussion brought forth by the specific cultural, scientific, and topical articles contained within the work.
Including 425 signed entries in a two-volume set presented in A-to-Z format, and drawing contributors from varied academic disciplines, this encyclopedia also features a preface by Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton of the 9/11 Commission. This reference resource examines 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.
- Government and International Agencies
- Human-induced Disasters
- Local Response
- Major Disasters (Relief Case Studies)
- Medicine and Psychology
- Methods and Practices
- Natural Disasters (Overviews)
- Politics and Funding
- Science and Prediction
- U.S. Geographical Response
"Overall, I would recommend this encyclopedia to broad audience for several reasons. Although there are a number of high quality handbooks available on the topic of disaster management, ... this resource is a rare example of a comprehensive encyclopedia on disasters and disaster relief combining a global and historical perspective on the subject area. The scope of the work and the simple but effective navigation to information will attract a wide range of interested users from students and teachers to community organizers and the general public. Sage’s Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief fills a current gap in the modern reference collection."