Week 3 Assignment Part 1 Instructions

This assignment is Part 1 of a three-part assignment that will be completed during Weeks Three, Four, and Five. As you complete each assignment, it may be helpful to refer back to the material presented in previous weeks.

 

Select ONE of the following vignettes to use to complete this assignment.

 

  1. On May 22, 2011, an EF-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., killing 162 people and injuring more than 1,000. At the peak of the tornado, it was up to a mile wide and had winds over 200 miles per hour. It was on the ground for approximately 38 minutes and covered more than 22 miles. The local emergency responders were immediately overwhelmed and additional resources were needed. As emergency managers, we must address the possibility of such an event occurring. Our emergency operations plan (EOP) and pre-planning efforts must include the possibility that our resources will be overwhelmed and exhausted within a short period of time and should address the next level in the response phase of disaster preparation.
  2. On April 15, 2013, three people were killed and more than 260 were injured in a bombing during the Boston Marathon. The bombs were contained in two pressure cookers hidden in backpacks. The bombs were 200 yards apart and exploded within 13 seconds of each other. The bombs were placed near the final 225 yards of the course, where the media and spectators were the heaviest. More than 17,000 runners had already finished and more than 9,000 were still on the course. As emergency managers, we must address the possibility of such an event occurring. Our EOP and pre-planning efforts must include the possibility that our resources will be overwhelmed and exhausted within a short period of time and should address the next level in the response phase of disaster preparation.
  3. On March 22, 2014, a mudslide killed 44 in Oso, Wash., Heavy rains and a previous mudslide eight years earlier contributed to the debris flow (mudslide) that was approximately 7.6 million cubic meters. The 200-meter high hillslope traveled just over 0.6 miles, covering a neighborhood of approximately 35 single-family residences. As emergency managers, we must address the possibility of such an event occurring. Our EOP and pre-planning efforts must include the possibility that our resources will be overwhelmed and exhausted within a short period of time and should address the next level in the response phase of disaster preparation.

 

 

 

 

 

Based on your selected vignette, write a 1,050- to 1,400-word paper in which you:

  • Evaluate the varying levels and types of emergencies that occur in emergency management.
  • Consider all vignettes when composing your evaluation.
  • Consider the disaster in the vignette selected and analyze the effect of legislation on emergency management funding and operations.
  • Consider the disaster in the vignette selected and analyze legal issues that affect the function of emergency management agencies.
  • Consider the disaster in the vignette selected and evaluate the progression of an incident from initial notification to completion.

 

Cite 3 peer-reviewed, scholarly, or similar references to support your paper.

 

Format your paper according to APA guidelines.

 

 
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