New Edition of Public Health Management of Disasters Guide Now Available

Washington, D.C., August 4, 2011 — In the wake of such recent and devastating events as the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan and the tornadoes in the Midwestern United States, the need for quality disaster preparedness planning has never been more apparent or more important.

Offering insight for disaster response both at home and abroad, the new third edition of Public Health Management of Disasters: The Practice Guide, an invaluable tool for public health practitioners and public safety officers, is now available. Written by Linda Young Landesman, PhD, MSW, lecturer in the Public Health Practice Program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and published by the American Public Health Association, the book offers the most up-to-date guidelines for safe, effective and ethical management of public health emergencies.

“Practitioners need quick and easy access to the most current information as the occurrence of devastating disasters has been increasing worldwide,” said Landesman. The book builds on the work of previous editions, updating content to include new developments in emergency preparedness that have emerged since Hurricane Katrina, as well as a new focus on the future of the public health preparedness field.

The book supplies a comprehensive collection of reference materials to be used in times of disaster, including a site safety checklist, a list of offices of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and an outline of useful online resources.

“Disaster response, like the field of public health, is multi-disciplinary,” said Landesman, who authored the previous two editions of the guide. “To respond effectively, those in the field need to call upon the breadth of technical skills that make up public health practice.”

Ordering Information: Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, ISBN # 978-0-87533-004-8, 568 pages, $72 ($50.40 APHA member price) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail or visit

Send requests for a review copy on letterhead to David Hartogs, APHA, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001-3710; e-mail; or fax to 202-777-2531.

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