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Perceptions of cascading risk and interconnected failures in emergency planning: Implications for operational resilience and policy making

Pescaroli, G; (2018) Perceptions of cascading risk and interconnected failures in emergency planning: Implications for operational resilience and policy making. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction , 30 (B) pp. 269-280. 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.01.019. Green open access

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Abstract

Cascading events and the disruption of interconnected critical infrastructure (CI) are a well-known challenge for emergency planning and management. Although new modelling and forecasting tools are increasing the availability of mitigation options, further work is needed to consolidate good policies and practices. This paper presents a case study on London, United Kingdom (UK). It develops an integrative research process with local stakeholders aimed at applying the theory of cascading disasters in London's response and preparedness strategies. A mixed method approach is adopted to explore the awareness of cascading risk, the perception of possible mitigation measures, and the current levels of training amongst the stakeholders of the London Resilience Partnerships. Specific items investigate the relation of cascades with cross- border crisis management, and climate change. The results propose new quantitative and qualitative evidence that highlights the divergence between risk awareness and its integration in policies and practices, discussing options for improving multi- agency coordination and organisational resilience. The conclusions define a list of actions that should be strategic priorities for policies and decision makers, such as the improvement of inter-modal coordination and the release of open access guidelines, proposing new open questions for scholars in the field.

Type: Article
Title: Perceptions of cascading risk and interconnected failures in emergency planning: Implications for operational resilience and policy making
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.01.019
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.01.019
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045367
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