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The Handbook for Effective Emergency and Crisis Management.

The Handbook for Effective Emergency and Crisis Management

I read a handful of security management books every year. Generally, they fall into the category of what I call SOS--same old stuff. The Handbook for Effective Emergency and Crisis Management is different. The content is thorough, and the organization of the material is imaginative. Consequently, this is one of a dozen books in the field that I would recommend. It is a succinct "what to do" book that can be applied to almost every contingency. The handbook has merit to everyone in the security arena.

The handbook is complete with quality graphics and interesting statistics. Each chapter concludes with a checklist designed to help anticipate, plan, and respond to crises. The appendix include lists of government and commercial sources of assistance and even a guide for staging a simulated emergency exercise. This kind of reference work should be read by a neophyte as a basic primer or added to the experienced professional's library.

Using this handbook, corporations of any size can create effective crisis management programs to suit their needs. It provides a framework of information that will easily support the fabric of all crisis and emergency requirements. The handbook would also make a fine, basic text to any business or security management course.

I did not like, however, three particular points of the handbook--its size, price, and availablity. The size of the handbook book denies its title. Measuring 7 1/2" X 9 1/2", it is a little too unwieldy to place on most bookshelves, let alone carry as a handbook to the scene of an emergency. And, at $39.95, it is expensive. The content and quality of the handbook more than equal the price, but I would gladly sacrifice the hardcover, high-quality paper, or size--whatever it would take--to knock $10 dollars off the cost. The worst point of all is trying to find it. I checked all the major booksellers, but no one had the handbook in stock. Thus, the reader can only obtain it by calling the publisher.

Find the handbook, buy it, and read it. Granted the first two elements of the effort may be difficult, but the last element is rewarding enough to make the overall experience worthwhile. The Handbook of Effective Emergency and Crisis Management is a major contribution to the security publishing field.
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Author:Johns, Frank J.
Publication:Security Management
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Mar 1, 1989
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