Is London prepared? An analysis of current Central Government disaster management protocols for environmental hazards in the Greater London area

Holmes, Joanna (2006) Is London prepared? An analysis of current Central Government disaster management protocols for environmental hazards in the Greater London area. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This study assessed the current Central Government protocols for the management of environmental hazards in the Greater London Area. It highlighted the major themes in disaster risk theories and the significant trends in the discipline of disaster management. A brief overview of the potential environmental hazards to affect London was presented. This study went on to examine current structures in place to respond to emergencies caused by such hazards, mainly the London Strategic Resilience Emergency Plan (LRSEP)and the London Resilience Forum. The study concluded that the current protocols rely on successful workings of multi-agency groups that have proven to fail under pressure. The plans are criticised for their one-size-fits-all approach to emergencies in the City, as they fail to account for the complex composition of a vulnerable society. Suggested improvements on London's disaster response included increased community participation and education to hazards, to attempt to reverse the top-down approach of the LRSEP. Moreover, the acknowledgement of the cause of a hazard was suggested, instead of simply dealing with the consequences of a disaster. The conclusion stated the necessary need to encompass the whole notion of emergency management; the prevention, the mitigation and the preparedness, for London to be prepared.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/201

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