Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management

Living Edition
| Editors: Lauren R. Shapiro, Marie-Helen Maras

Emergency Management: International

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69891-5_136-1


International emergency management is a complex system that includes response and recovery efforts that take place in countries with little or unstable infrastructure and lack of consistent resources.


In this section, an overview of concepts relevant to international emergency management will be discussed to provide a foundation for understanding how conflict, natural disasters, and climate change affect different groups of people globally. In addition, a brief description of key international organizations will be reviewed. Responding to international emergencies requires tremendous communication, coordination, and execution on every level, from local resources, to regional, to international. As the world faces the looming threat of climate change and environmental degradation as a result of human behaviors, international crises become inextricably tied to increased natural disasters, less resources, and human conflict.

In general, the international community...


Humanitarian aid systems International disaster management International emergency management International response systems 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Health and Human Services DepartmentSUNY Empire State CollegeSeldenUSA