Brian J. Gerber

Arizona State University
College of Public Service and Community Solutions

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Brian J. Gerber is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at ASU. He is Director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security program. His research specialization areas include disaster management, hazards governance, homeland security policy and administration, regulatory policy and bureaucracy.

Gerber, Brian J. 2014. “Climate Change as a Policy Development and Public Management Challenge: An Introduction to Key Themes.” Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy 5 (2):97-108.
Goggin, Malcolm L., Brian J. Gerber and Samantha Larson. 2014. “U.S. Local Governments and Climate Change: Examining the Acquisition and Use of Research-based Knowledge in Policy Development.” Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy 5 (2):156-177.
Gerber, Brian J. 2015. “Local Governments and Climate Change in the United States: Assessing Administrators’ Perspectives on Hazard Management Challenges and Responses.” State and Local Government Review 47 (1):48-56.
Robinson, Scott E., Brian J. Gerber, Warren S. Eller, and Melanie Gall. 2013. “Emergency Planning and Disabled Populations: Assessing the FNSS Approach.” International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters 13 (2):315-329.
Abstract: Emergency managers face a variety of planning challenges, especially because the needs of any community are heterogeneous. One illustration of these planning challenges is the historical neglect of community members with disabilities or other functional needs. The salience of including residents with disabilities and other functional needs gained momentum in the Post-Katrina environment. Within this context, the Federal Emergency Management Agency developed the Functional Need Support Services (FNSS) approach to disaster evacuation shelter management. In this paper, we assess the FNSS model and identify several key challenges that can be expected in the development and implementation of this approach based on a social construction approach to understanding policy making. These challenges can be thought to be generally relevant to most new programmatic initiatives, but as we show in this case, are particularly applicable to community-wide hosting of evacuees. Interviews with key stakeholders with experience in evacuation hosting reveal deep seated social constructions of residents with functional needs that may constrain the possible impact of the FNSS guidance.
Gerber, Brian J. 2010. “Management of Evacuee Ingress during Disasters: Identifying the Determinants of Local Government Capacity and Preparedness.” Risk, Hazards and Crisis in Public Policy 1 (3).
Abstract: Evacuations on a large scale are complex and difficult enterprises. While facilitating the egress, or removal, of people from a hazardous incident site is a major challenge, accommodating a wide range of evacuee needs as they temporarily shelter away from their homes is an equally significant challenge. However, the ingress dimension of evacuations is not as well studied nor understood as its more familiar counterpart. This paper addresses several basic questions about community capacity and preparedness for hosting large numbers of evacuees as the result of disaster incidents. Using evaluations made by local government officials, the analysis presented here indicates reported hosting capacity of evacuees on a large scale is related in part to aspects of the built environment and to geographic effects. Likewise, indicators of local government evacuation preparedness for evacuations generally and evacuation ingress specifically are related to aspects of community hazard vulnerability and administrative capacity. These findings provide a basis for future work investigating other critical dimensions of evacuation ingress management.
Gerber, Brian J. 2007. "Disaster Management in the U.S.: Examining Key Political and Policy Challenges." Policy Studies Journal 35 (2):227-238.
Reenock, Christopher J., and Brian J. Gerber. 2008. "Political Insulation, Information Exchange, and Interest Group Access to the Bureaucracy." Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 18 (3):415-440.
Gerber, Brian J., and Scott E. Robinson. 2009. "Local Government Performance and the Challenges of Regional Preparedness for Disasters." Public Performance and Management Review 32 (3):345-371.
Eller, Warren S., Brian J. Gerber and Scott E. Robinson. 2013. Public Administration Research Methods: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice. New York: Routledge.
Eller, Warren S., Brian J. Gerber and Scott E. Robinson. 2013. Public Administration Research Methods: Tools for Evidence-Based Practice. New York: Routledge.

Substantive Focus:
Environmental Policy
Governance PRIMARY
Defense and Security SECONDARY

Theoretical Focus:
Agenda-Setting, Adoption, and Implementation PRIMARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation SECONDARY