When disaster strikes. On the balance between centralization of disaster response – and decentralization – the flexibility and improvisation, the ability to cope, a precondition for fast local decision making.

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The disaster response to the 2005 Katrina hurricane is an example of how large federal agencies with massive resources apparently were paralyzed in rigid bureaucracy, whereas smaller and more flexible organizations were better able to adapt (cope) and utilize their limited resources in a highly efficient manner.  Improvisation requires trust.  If people are fearful, the start to "go by the book".  Or as John Tierney from the New York Times said: "Going (down) by the book".

Subject

natural disaster response

Period31 May 2012

Media coverage

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Media coverage

  • TitleWhen disaster strikes. On the balance between centralization of disaster response – and decentralization – the flexibility and improvisation, the ability to cope, a precondition for fast local decision making.
    Media name/outletMagasinet Samtænkning
    Media typePrint
    CountryDenmark
    Date31/05/2012
    DescriptionThe disaster response to the 2005 Katrina hurricane is an example of how large federal agencies with massive resources apparently were paralyzed in rigid bureaucracy, whereas smaller and more flexible organizations were better able to adapt (cope) and utilize their limited resources in a highly efficient manner. Improvisation requires trust. If people are fearful, the start to "go by the book". Or as John Tierney from the New York Times said: "Going (down) by the book".
    Producer/AuthorHjemmeværnskommandoen
    PersonsFrank Huess Hedlund