My current research looks at vulnerability mitigated by preparedness and social capital and the automation of situational awareness. Pre-existing vulnerability is part of situational awareness. My work looks at both static and dynamic vulnerability and its application to decision support tools applied by practicing emergency managers.
||Johnson, David. 2011. "Hazardous Materials Facility Vulnerability Study for Greene County, MO: A decision-support study for planning and mitigation." Greene County Local Emergency Planning Committee.|
||This project is a case study looking to combine three different measures into an improved measure of social vulnerability and then examining how these characteristics impact the threat posed by fixed chemical facilities. This study used three measures: demographic vulnerability, public preparedness and social capital. These values were compared to quantified chemical hazards from fixed facilities to determine the threat of each facility and the vulnerability of people ?in the way?|
||Skertich, Robert, David Johnson and Louise Comfort. 2010. "A Bad Time for Disaster: Economic Stress and Disaster Resilience." APSA Conference.|
||Local governments face threats from natural and man-made disasters, but tightening budgets create difficulty in developing the resource and information capacity to meet these challenges. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the federal government provided a variety of grants for equipment and system development, but those funding sources have changed. Local governments can improve their public safety and health preparedness and response capacity through intergovernmental cooperation efforts and robust information sharing. These actions enable local governments to develop resilience to extreme events, or the capacity to adapt to sudden, urgent demands more effectively.|
Defense and Security PRIMARY
Science and Technology Policy SECONDARY
Policy Analysis and Evaluation PRIMARY