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For Emergency Management: Tracking the evolution of the disaster management cycle: A general system theory approach

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http://www.jamba.org.za/index.php/jamba/article/viewFile/54/90

Officials and scholars have used the disaster management cycle for the past 30 years to explain
and manage impacts. Although very little understanding and agreement exist in terms of
where the concept originated it is the purpose of this article to address the origins of the
disaster management cycle. To achieve this, general system theory concepts of isomorphisms,
equifinality, open systems and feedback arrangements were applied to linear disaster phase
research (which emerged in the 1920s) and disaster management cycles. This was done in
order to determine whether they are related concepts with procedures such as emergency,
relief, recovery and rehabilitation.
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