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Reaction To Safety Equipment Technology In The Workplace And Implications: A Study Of The Firefighter’S Hood, Brian W. Ward 2017 University of Maryland

Reaction To Safety Equipment Technology In The Workplace And Implications: A Study Of The Firefighter’S Hood, Brian W. Ward

The Qualitative Report

In the 1990s the firefighter’s hood became a standard article of safety equipment worn by municipal firefighters, eliciting a negative reaction among many of these firefighters. I used data from interviews with 42 firefighters to explain why this reaction occurred. Data analysis revealed that negative reactions ultimately stemmed from the hood’s disruption of autonomy, repudiation of the complex mental and physical skill needed to perform tasks required of firefighters, and hindrance in negotiating the life-threatening environment created by a fire. These findings indicate that when introducing new safety equipment technology to emergency response workers, their reaction to this ...


The Role Of Education In Self-Sustaining Community Development, Leanne Riegel 2017 Liberty University

The Role Of Education In Self-Sustaining Community Development, Leanne Riegel

Senior Honors Theses

Self-sustaining community development strategies, focused on education as a means for change, have great potential to make an impact on worldwide poverty. Instead of a one-time intervention with results that fade over time, the cyclical structure of participatory development will yield increasing results as time goes on. Teaching the community how to improve itself will increase its ability to deal with future problems, and positively impact women, children, and the environment in developing countries. This philosophy and practical strategy could be effective in any geographic location or culture, focusing on education and the ability of the local people to transform ...


Prevention And Combat Of A Spillage After Ghana's Oil And Gas Discovery: Is Ghana Ready To Face An Environmental Threat?, John Baker Amissah Glover 2017 World Maritime University

Prevention And Combat Of A Spillage After Ghana's Oil And Gas Discovery: Is Ghana Ready To Face An Environmental Threat?, John Baker Amissah Glover

World Maritime University Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Assessment Of Vietnam’S Capacity And Commitment To Ratify And Implement The International Convention On Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response And Co-Operation (Oprc), 1990, Hieu Huu Dao 2017 World Maritime University

Assessment Of Vietnam’S Capacity And Commitment To Ratify And Implement The International Convention On Oil Pollution Preparedness, Response And Co-Operation (Oprc), 1990, Hieu Huu Dao

World Maritime University Dissertations

No abstract provided.


User Preferences For Flood Alerts (Risk Communication And Public Engagement In Sea Level Rise Resilience Research Series, Paper No. 2), Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Carol Considine, Michelle Covi, Donta Council 2017 Old Dominion University

User Preferences For Flood Alerts (Risk Communication And Public Engagement In Sea Level Rise Resilience Research Series, Paper No. 2), Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Carol Considine, Michelle Covi, Donta Council

Occasional Paper Series

Working with faculty and staff from Old Dominion University’s Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography, we developed a “straw man” website for users to sign up to receive flood alerts. The flood alert is based on tidal projections for the Sewell’s Point tide gauge available from the National Weather Service through the meteorological development laboratory (http://www.nws.noaa.gov/mdl/etsurge/index.php) and sends alerts for projected water level. We recruited study participants for one-on-one interviews. Participants were asked to interact with the flood alert signup interface and respond to specific questions about their preferences for flood ...


Progress And Priorities For The National Health Security Preparedness Index, Glen P. Mays 2017 University of Kentucky

Progress And Priorities For The National Health Security Preparedness Index, Glen P. Mays

Glen Mays

This session examines applications of the National Health Security Preparedness Index in stimulating and supporting collective actions that protect the public's health when disasters, outbreaks, and other emergency events occur.


Emergency Management Training For Transportation Agencies, Frances Edwards, Daniel Goodrich, James Griffith 2017 San Jose State University

Emergency Management Training For Transportation Agencies, Frances Edwards, Daniel Goodrich, James Griffith

Frances Edwards

State transportation agencies have a variety of responsibilities related to emergency management. Field personnel manage events--from day-to-day emergencies to disasters--using the Incident Command System (ICS) as their organizational basis. At the headquarters level, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) coordinates the use of resources across the department and its districts, with other state departments and agencies, and through the federal Emergency Support Function 1. District-level EOCs coordinate with the department. In extreme events, the transportation department may only be able to deliver limited essential services in austere conditions, so a continuity of operations/ continuity of government plan (COOP/COG) is essential ...


Community Involvement In Planning: Locals Participating In Their Local Flood Solutions, Neil Dufty, David Webber, Andrew Gissing 2017 Macquarie University, Australia

Community Involvement In Planning: Locals Participating In Their Local Flood Solutions, Neil Dufty, David Webber, Andrew Gissing

Neil Dufty

No abstract provided.


Updates From The National Health Security Preparedness Index, Glen P. Mays 2017 University of Kentucky

Updates From The National Health Security Preparedness Index, Glen P. Mays

Glen Mays

This session summarizes new methods and findings from the National Health Security Preparedness Index.


Rigs Of Refuge: Spatial Agency And Its Role In Conflict, Brittany Lauren McGraw 2017 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Rigs Of Refuge: Spatial Agency And Its Role In Conflict, Brittany Lauren Mcgraw

Masters Theses

Architecture is an inherently political endeavor. As such, designers should carefully consider the spatial dialogue that the built environment creates between those who control spaces and those who use them. In times of crisis, this dialogue often ceases to be an equal exchange, pushing users’ needs aside and exerting authority in the most expedient way possible.

This thesis proposes that amidst settings of conflict, hyper-responsive architectural systems can counteract landscapes of authority by returning spatial agency to users. As the means of providing such a system, oil rigs should be repurposed as a network of deployable crisis response hubs.


Hampton Roads Residents’ Perceptions Of Sea Level Rise And Flooding Adaptation, Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Carol Considine, Burton St. John III, Michelle Covi, J. Gail Nicula, Pragati Rawat, Kaitlin Giles 2017 Old Dominion University

Hampton Roads Residents’ Perceptions Of Sea Level Rise And Flooding Adaptation, Juita-Elena (Wie) Yusuf, Carol Considine, Burton St. John Iii, Michelle Covi, J. Gail Nicula, Pragati Rawat, Kaitlin Giles

Occasional Paper Series

No abstract provided.


The Cultural Competence Of Response & Recovery Workers In Post-Earthquake Haiti, Christa L. Remington 2017 Florida International University

The Cultural Competence Of Response & Recovery Workers In Post-Earthquake Haiti, Christa L. Remington

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Cultural competence is critical to public service, yet it is often ignored and underutilized, especially in post-disaster response and recovery. The current literature on cultural competence and frameworks developed by the private sector do not fully consider the complexities of a post-disaster public service context. This project explores the importance of cultural competence in post-disaster response and recovery, identifies effective training methods and organizational policies which may present barriers to competence acquisition, and proposes a new theoretical framework by which to assess cultural competence in international response and recovery work.

This study used focus groups with Haitian beneficiaries (n=7 ...


Geographic Variation In Public Health Preparedness: The Influence Of Federal Financing And Coverage Expansions, Glen P. Mays 2017 University of Kentucky

Geographic Variation In Public Health Preparedness: The Influence Of Federal Financing And Coverage Expansions, Glen P. Mays

Glen Mays

OBJECTIVES: Preparedness for large-scale health emergencies, outbreaks and disasters is not distributed evenly across the U.S., as recent threats like the Zika pandemic and Fint water crisis underscore.  Inequities in public health preparedness are poorly understood as are their causes and their contributions to population health.  This study uses multiple years of data from the National Health Security Preparedness Index to examine geographic and longitudinal variation in preparedness capabilities across U.S. states. Specifically, we estimate how federal financing mechanisms and Affordable Care Act-related health insurance coverage expansions influence state preparedness levels.   

METHODS: Initiated by the U.S. Centers ...


Beyond Vulnerability: Refugee Women’S Leadership In Jordan, Widad Hassan 2017 The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Beyond Vulnerability: Refugee Women’S Leadership In Jordan, Widad Hassan

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

While both men and women are affected by conflicts and humanitarian crises, 80 percent of the world’s refugees and internally displaced persons are women and children, indicating that women experience conflict and war differently. The emphasis on women’s vulnerability during conflicts and humanitarian crises leads to their exclusion from leadership roles and decision-making on humanitarian programs and issues that impact them. Though women experience numerous socio-cultural barriers to exercising leadership in humanitarian settings, they have taken on important roles in emergency response and in refugee camps. This paper traces the progress of UN and humanitarian agencies recognition and ...


Tuberculosis Contact Investigation In An Urban Omaha High School, Kyra L. Crepin 2017 University of Nebraska Medical Center

Tuberculosis Contact Investigation In An Urban Omaha High School, Kyra L. Crepin

Theses & Dissertations

In November 2016, a 15-19 year old high school student was diagnosed with active pulmonary Tuberculosis (TB) and reported to the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD) in Omaha, Nebraska. A contact investigation led the health department to a local urban high school with a diverse and mobile population. A modified point of dispensing (POD) clinic was determined to be the efficient method to test the 196 faculty and students that were exposed to the index case. Emergency response coordinators (ERC’s) at DCHD adapted the POD dispensing plan with an embedded Incident Command System (ICS) to fit a smaller incident ...


Beyond The Protective Effect: Towards A Theory Of Harm For Information Communication Technologies In Mass Atrocity Response, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Nathaniel A. Raymond 2017 University of Oslo

Beyond The Protective Effect: Towards A Theory Of Harm For Information Communication Technologies In Mass Atrocity Response, Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Nathaniel A. Raymond

Genocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal

Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) are now being employed as a standard part of mass atrocity response, evidence collection, and research by non-governmental organizations, governments, and the private sector. Deployment of these tools and techniques occur for a variety of stated reasons, most notably the ostensible goal of “protecting” vulnerable populations. However, these often experimental applications of ICTs and digital data are occurring in the absence of agreed normative frameworks and accepted theory to guide their ethical and responsible use. This article surveys the current state-of-the-art of ICT use in mass atrocity response and research to identify harms and hazards inherent ...


Collective Impact: Working Together For Robust Community Emergency Preparedness, Cheryl H. Galloway 2017 San Jose State University

Collective Impact: Working Together For Robust Community Emergency Preparedness, Cheryl H. Galloway

Master's Projects

This study identifies a shortfall of solid emergency preparedness between organizations and individuals in Gilroy, providing a gap analysis in disaster mitigation on the civilian side. This information is important for emergency managers and public safety officials to understand as they strive to develop plans and solutions to increase participation, effectiveness, planning, training and implementation at the Gilroy Unified School District and in the community at large. Using an evaluation of current efforts for review by the school board, city council, Chamber of Commerce and non-profits in the public safety sector, more expansive outreach through collaboration is the common goal ...


Reconstruction Of The Destroyed Sinjali Secondary School, Isabella Kaganowski 2017 Clark University

Reconstruction Of The Destroyed Sinjali Secondary School, Isabella Kaganowski

International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

This practitioner paper chronicles my involvement of the grant writing proposal that was designed on behalf of a non-for-profit organization, the Association of Dalit Women’s Advancement of Nepal (ADWAN), in order to secure funding and donations for the reconstruction of the destroyed Sinjali Secondary School in Gorkha district, Taklung village, after a 2015 earthquake struck Nepal. The proposal was guided by and collaborated with Professor Jude Fernando of Clark University, as Professor Fernando was able to visit Taklung village and gather information about the needs in the educational sector damaged by the earthquake. Literature review and research was gathered ...


Housing Crisis In Haiti Post 2010 Earthquake, Kelley C. Eaton 2017 Clark University

Housing Crisis In Haiti Post 2010 Earthquake, Kelley C. Eaton

International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)

This paper is an analysis of the post-disaster housing crisis in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless. Lack of strategic planning, and overpopulated areas contributed to the widespread devastation that is present in Haiti. Reviewing secondary data, and collecting primary data from a short trip to Haiti, has helped to establish all the issues that contributed to the housing crisis in Haiti. Housing design, location, accessibility, land rights, and affordability are the biggest challenges that people are still facing. Aid poured into the nation to help rebuild the broken infrastructure, though was ...


Where The Sidewalk Ends: Reimagining Urban Place And Governance In Semarang, Indonesia, Emmaleah K. Jones 2017 College of William and Mary

Where The Sidewalk Ends: Reimagining Urban Place And Governance In Semarang, Indonesia, Emmaleah K. Jones

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Purpose: This project analyzes the uses of space and geography up the scales of political organization – from the village to the municipal – attempting to find the intersections where physical space meets governance using Semarang, Indonesia as my strategic case. This research employs a biocultural lens, addressing the existing gaps in literature by advancing a framework to function across disciplines and ultimately reconnecting to its practical application in urban planning and design. Such a framework is important in providing a blueprint for building a coherent and supportive structure on which to assess the human impact of design and contribute new “human-centered ...


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