Different modes of disaster management in response to the tsunami in Southeast Asia

Dagan Schwartz, MD, Major Adi Leiba, MD, Colonel Issac Ashkenasi, MD, MPA, MSc, Captain Guy Nakash, MD, Major Rami Pelts, MA, Colonel (res) Avishay Goldberg, PhD, Brigadier General Yeheskel Levi, MD, Colonel Yaron Bar-Dayan, MD, MHA


The tsunami of December 26, 2004, can be described as one of the worst disasters medical systems have ever had to face. This paper will describe the geophysical properties of tsunamis and their disastrous impact on human beings and infrastructure. Finally, we will present three different modes of response to the tsunami that were present in different provinces in Thailand. These three modes represent different strategies of disaster management, and analyzing each will help to begin understanding how best to respond to the next large-scale natural disaster.


tsunami, geophysical properties, modes of response

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5055/jem.2006.0019


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