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Towards emergency management of natural disasters and critical accidents: The Greek experience

Nivolianitou, Zoe, Synodinou, Barbara
Journal of environmental management 2011 v.92 no.10 pp. 2657-2665
accidents, attitudes and opinions, disaster preparedness, disasters, information management, interviews, prototypes, Greece
This paper presents the findings of a prototype study which sought to identify factors that contribute to effective emergency management in Greece and other European states regarding both natural disasters and critical accidents. The parameters for proper action and successful intervention in operational and logistical are identified based on the document analysis and interviews with emergency responders. The interviews are conducted between state-owned and voluntary organizations. They were asked to rate in terms of their importance for effective emergency response efforts. This paper offers useful information of the organization and management of emergency response in Greece, as well as provides interesting responders’ opinions data concerning important priorities in the emergency management area. Despite the fact that the data come from the Greek experience, the conclusions may be applied for a broader use in the emergency planning of disasters. The whole study has been undertaken within the European Pre-Emergencies (PreEm) project.