Public Administration ETDs

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This paper explores best practices in emergency management, using eight interviews and a focus group to examine how New Mexico Emergency Managers (EM) individually apply best practices. The interviews were conducted with local EMs from New Mexico. The focus group was conducted using a group of four EMs from central New Mexico. This paper is an exploratory qualitative study to identify which best practices are used within New Mexico. The purpose of this broad approach is also to determine where further research is necessary. This paper also explores briefly concepts of terminology, public administration, disaster management and current trends in the context of crisis and emergency management. The best practices identified for this research are in the areas of planning, communication and networking.

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Public Administration

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School of Public Administration

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Meilleur, Steven

Second Committee Member

Huang, Kun




Emergency management, Best Practices, New Mexico

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