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Interorganizational Coordination in Complex Environments of Disasters: The Evolution of Intergovernmental Disaster Response Systems

Naim Kapucu
Published Online: 2009-07-10 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1547-7355.1498

This article evaluates the Federal Response Plan (FRP), the National Response Plan (NRP), and the National Response Framework (NRF) from the perspectives of interorganizational networks and complex adaptive systems. The article uses the theoretical approach of complexity theory and dynamic network analysis to assess the relationships among organizations using the NRP/NRF as the structure that shapes their functional and organizational relationships. It also examines the applicability of concepts from complexity science for emergency and crisis management, to the evolution of NRP/NRF from the earlier FRP. The article uses the network analysis method in evaluating changes from FRP to NRF. The network analysis results demonstrate increases in complexity in the disaster and crises response and recovery plans over time.

Keywords: emergency response; Federal Response Plan; National Response Plan; National Response Framework; interorganizational networks; complex adaptive systems; network analysis

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Published Online: 2009-07-10

Citation Information: Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Volume 6, Issue 1, ISSN (Online) 1547-7355, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2202/1547-7355.1498.

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