An increase in the number of disasters often forces local emergency managers to expend all local resources and thus military resources are required to assist with disaster response and recovery. The purpose of this study is to explore local North Carolina emergency manager perspectives of Defense Support to Civil Authority (DSCA), the name of the military mission. Disaster management and civil-military relations theories provide a theoretical framework for this study. A modified instrument designed by Milliman, Grosskopf, and Paez (2006) guide collection of data. This qualitative case study answers the study questions: How do county emergency managers integrate DSCA to prepare for disasters? What factors do emergency managers consider when integrating DSCA into response and recovery activities? The researcher identified six themes from the collected data to answer research. The themes, identified in rank order based on replication, were: (a) specialty capabilities; (b) education and training; (c) coordination; (d) integration, (e) planning, and (f) National Guard as the force of choice. Additionally, four sub-themes emerged. They were: (a) hazard identification, (b) response orientation, (c) manager experience, and (d) reciprocation. The results of this study provide detailed and rich data for local emergency managers, and offers possibilities for state emergency management and national agencies, including United States Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), to improve education and training to facilitate DSCA.
|Adviser||Marian E. Mosser|
|Subjects||Management; Public administration|
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