Managing disaster: the indirect approach




In August 1989, the Association of Civil Defence and Emergency Planning Officers, supported by a number of other leading people in the field of emergency planning, expressed ‘little confidence’ in present government plans for civil emergencies (The Times 1989a).

A month later, at a conference hosted by the Disaster Prevention and Limitation Unit at Bradford University, it was suggested that –‘Britain's record on man-made disasters (was) the worst in Europe’ (The Times 1989b).

Whether this is true or not is immaterial. The fact is there has been a series of major disasters, either in Britain or associated with Britain, in recent years and there appears little likelihood ...

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