National mass care strategy: A national integrated approach

Mintz, Amy; Gonzalez, Waddy
September 2013
Journal of Business Continuity & Emergency Planning;Autumn2013, Vol. 7 Issue 1, p33
Academic Journal
Mass care refers to a wide range of humanitarian activities that collectively provide lifesustaining services, such as emergency sheltering, feeding, reunification, distribution of emergency supplies and recovery information, before or in the aftermath of an emergency or disaster. Most services are coordinated and provided by nongovernmental organisations and/or local government. Based on the lessons learned in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, the American Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters joined efforts to expand national mass care capabilities in order to support survivors in the wake of catastrophic events, as well as to enhance the integration of volunteers and nongovernmental organisations into the broader national effort. These efforts resulted in the creation of the National Mass Care Council in 2010, with representatives of Federal and State agencies, voluntary organisations and the private sector working together to develop a unified approach to mass care and to ensure the provision of consistent and uniform services across the USA, regardless of the magnitude of the event.


Related Articles

  • Emergency preparedness: Lessons learned from 9/11. Stickney, Wallace // New Hampshire Business Review;11/30/2001, Vol. 23 Issue 25, p8 

    Focuses on lessons learned from the implementation of emergency evacuation plans during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the U.S. Advantage of having an emergency plan in the advent of a cataclysmic disaster; Role of people in and around the emergency site in dealing with disasters;...

  • BY THE SEA, BY THE BEAUTIFUL SEA: FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. May, Fred // Public Management (00333611);Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 88 Issue 1, p7 

    The article comments on the emergency preparedness and emergency management in the U.S. The increasing population of the country has overpowered the country's capacity to protect the people. Meanwhile, emergency manager's role is to educate and train people for emergency management. Other...

  • Editorial. Truitt, Marc // Information Technology & Libraries;Dec2008, Vol. 27 Issue 4, p3 

    The author focuses on emergency management and disaster recovery as it relates to library administration. Comments on what constitutes significant loss in the event of a disaster is provided and include, access to computing, Internet resources, and the licensed electronic content librarians and...

  • Recurring Low-Intensity Disasters Test Disaster Preparedness Systems. Guilloux, Alain // World Politics Review (19446284);7/25/2013, p1 

    The article discusses the importance of keeping an eye over the performance of disaster response system despite the absence of mega-disasters. It notes that disaster-affected countries have improved their disaster management capacities, softening the blow of natural disasters in terms loss of...

  • Cat Modeling Tools. Egan, Michael P. // Best's Review;Nov2005, Vol. 106 Issue 7, p81 

    Focuses on the development of catastrophe modeling in order to estimate a range of damage from natural disasters. Means to estimate the range of damage from disasters; Benefits of catastrophe modeling; Citations of companies that provide such modeling.

  • Yes, we should help. But too often incompetent, self-serving aid agencies make things worse. Ian Birrell // Daily Mail;11/16/2013, p18 

    HE stories are heart breaking.

  • NY firms turn to cleanup. Fredrickson, Tom // Crain's New York Business;9/12/2005, Vol. 21 Issue 37, p3 

    The article reports on the involvement of New York City companies in reclamation and construction work in areas affected by hurricane Katrina in the U.S. Several Manhattan-based firms already have people on the ground providing security, inspecting damage and planning emergency housing....

  • Planner instructs how to prepare, act.  // American City & County;Oct2005, Vol. 120 Issue 11, p16 

    This article presents information on the emergency planning instructions received in July 2005, by North Las Vegas, Nevada residents. They come in the form of two-sided, nine-and-a-half-inch diameter laminated circles. On one side, the Hometown Emergency Planner Wheels include "How to Prepare"...

  • Moving Beyond "Special Needs.". Kailes, June Isaacson; Enders, Alexandra // Journal of Disability Policy Studies;Spring2007, Vol. 17 Issue 4, p230 

    Disaster preparation and emergency response processes, procedures, and systems can be made more effective for people with disabilities, as well as for the population as a whole. An essential element of building appropriate levels of capacity, specific planning, and response success is to move...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics