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A Typology of Emergencies

Size of

Emergency

Number of Dead &

Injured

Roles of

Government

Approach

Characteristics

of Care

Skill &

Training

Needs

Small Scale

Scores

Local, State,

and Regional

Surge of

capa-

bilities

Manageable

Surge capa-

bility

Medium

Scale

Hundreds

All levels of

government

Modified

Normal to

minimal

Networked

surge capability

Large

Scale

Thousands

All levels of

government

Modified to makeshift

Normal to

minimal

Networked

surge

capability

Catastrophic

Scale

Millions

All levels of

government

Mostly

makeshift

Minimal or

worse

Make do

capability

Mega-

Catastrophe

Multi-millions to

billions

Remaining

vestiges of

government

Totally

makeshift

Minimal if existent

Improvisa-tional

skills

Adapted from Paula D.  Gordon " Comparative Scenario and Options Analysis:  Important Tools for Agents of Change Post 9/11 and Post Hurricane Katrina," Homeland Security Review, Vol. 1 No. 2 , 2006 (http://users.rcn.com/pgordon/homeland/options/Analysis.html )   

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