Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Program Name

Emergency and Disaster Management

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Randall Cuthbert


This research examines multijurisdictional response efforts for five different disasters that affected the state of Texas. A qualitative approach was used to identify common themes in these disaster responses where multijurisdictional training would have provided benefit. Examination of each response uncovered that despite the National Incident Management System, jurisdictions across Texas would benefit from a robust multijurisdictional training initiative to facilitate more effective response operations. Problems such as communication, command and control, mutual aid deficiencies, and self-deployments were apparent in almost every studied disaster. The areas for improvement identified in each disaster confirmed the hypothesis that mitigation of these response faults would best be served through multijurisdictional training efforts.



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