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A case study of disaster decision‐making in the presence of anomalies and absence of recognition

Curnin, S ORCID: 0000-0001-5248-7250, Brooks, B ORCID: 0000-0001-7954-6281 and Owen, C ORCID: 0000-0002-1985-7886 2020 , 'A case study of disaster decision‐making in the presence of anomalies and absence of recognition' , Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management , pp. 1-12 , doi: 10.1111/1468-5973.12290.

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This paper provides an insight into the complexities of decision‐making during an unprecedented disaster. We used the critical decision method to explore a series of decision points that were made for a low probability yet high consequence decision that was made by the commander of the Australian Urban Search and Rescue team deployed to Fukushima in 2011. The findings identified that in a situation with no similarities to previous experiences, the commander used a process of anomaly detection to trigger a situational assessment, following this with mental simulation and consultation of his actions. In this unparalleled case study, hazard‐specific expertise also supported the decision‐making process. The paper offers practitioners and academia an example of high consequence decision‐making in a unique situation as well as the opportunity to reflect on the models of decision‐making previously identified as useful in these operational environments.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Curnin, S and Brooks, B and Owen, C
Keywords: decision-making, disaster, emergency management
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN: 0966-0879
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/1468-5973.12290
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