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Searching for a holistic paradigm and policy guide: a proposal for the future of emergency management

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The following article illustrates that whilst the disaster resistant community, disaster resilient community and sustainable development concepts provide many unique advantages for disaster scholarship and management, they fail to sufficiently address each of the hazards, phases, actors, variables and disciplines pertaining to calamitous events. In making this argument, the paper asserts that any future paradigm and policy guide must be built on - yet go further than - comprehensive emergency management. The article also notes the importance of vulnerability as it relates to disasters, and consequently suggests that "invulnerable development" - a process of vulnerability management - is better suited to guide scholarly and practitioner efforts to understand and reduce disasters.

Keywords: comprehensive emergency management, resistance, resilience, sustainability, development, liabilities, capabilities, vulnerability management

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