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Skertich, Robert Lee (2008) ACTION AND INFORMATION NETWORKS IN DISASTER MANAGEMENT. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Disasters require quick, decisive action by disaster managers under intense conditions of uncertainty. The response organizations that form to meet the challenge are a collection of actors with a variety of experience, training, priorities and communications abilities, and form a unique, emergent social network. The size, scope and dynamics of the event make it difficult to gather clear, timely, pertinent data, assign and share meaning to inform critical decisions. This study describes the planned, reported, perceived and desired (PRPD) networks in emergency management mass care response operations and the information needs of the disaster manager during the threat and immediate response phases of the disaster to build an effective common operating picture (COP). Utilizing the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and the Emergency Support Function (ESF) organizing concept of the National Response Plan as a framework, the networks of actors and information are identified and compared to actual data and networks that were demonstrated in federal and state disaster response operations through the historic Gulf Coast hurricane season of 2005.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Skertich, Robert Leerls113@pitt.eduRLS113
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairComfort, Louise Klkc@pitt.eduLKC
Committee MemberMiller, David Ydymiller@pitt.eduDYMILLER
Committee MemberColeman, Mortonmc123@pitt.eduMC123
Committee MemberCoontz, Phyllis Dpcoontz@pitt.eduPCOONTZ
Date: 30 September 2008
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 5 August 2008
Approval Date: 30 September 2008
Submission Date: 26 August 2008
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public and International Affairs > Public and International Affairs
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: adaptive systems; common operating picture; disaster; emergency management; hurricane; incident command; network analysis; policy analysis; situational awareness
Other ID:, etd-08262008-173451
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:01
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:49


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