Hazard Management: Integrated Framework for Engineering and Public Policy


Hazard management is not only associated with engineering and economic constraints, it is intricately tied to public policy and institutional control considerations. This paper shows how the authors have tied an ongoing research project for developing and optimizing tornadic risks in Mississippi with an integrated public policy educational plan at Mississippi State University that provide both university-based and societal-wide education. To this end, this paper discusses considerations for shaping public activity for natural hazards and man-made hazards through defining the basis for public intervention and the principles for public policy responses. The authors suggest public actions tailored to the unique properties of hazards, study public policy analysis for principles that might be useful in doing so, and explore implications of these circumstances for future education of professionals in public planning, engineering, and management. Such integrated approach is essential to develop effective, efficient, and equitable hazard mitigation measures.

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Construction Research Congress 2012: Construction Challenges in a Flat World (2012: May 21-23, West Lafayette, IN)


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

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Economic constraints; Educational plans; Hazard management; Hazard mitigations; Institutional control; Integrated approach; Integrated frameworks; Mississippi; Mississippi State University; Natural hazard; Policy analysis, Hazards; Research, Public policy

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Article - Conference proceedings

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© 2012 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), All rights reserved.

Publication Date

01 May 2012