Section 1: Discuss the major theories that have been incorporated to understand Disaster Policy in the United States.
Section 2: Compare and contrast the major theories that have been incorporated to understand Disaster Policy in the United States from the perspective of how they explain the realities that exist. (how are they the same and how are they different).
Section 3: Analyze the impact of disaster on policy change and implementation from the perspective of the Disaster Management / Emergency Management System in the United States.
Section 4: Recommend courses of action for improving performance in public organizations through disaster policy. (What actions do you as a public administrator need to consider to implement policy in light of what you now know about disaster policy?)
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