This book is shocking. It documents the “fantasy” emergency plans that rely on wishful thinking, non-existent private cars and with no mention of public transit to evacuate citizens. It documents how many apparent solutions may cause more loss of life than the emergency. Traffic “contra-flow” (all lanes going out) prevents emergency vehicles from entering the affected area and more people may die trying to evacuate than die from the event that caused the evacuation order.
The author and a team of researchers studied 100 urban emergency plans. They found jargon, acronyms, lists of civic leaders, laborious definitions, unreadable maps and analysis of non-existent hazards. While humorous, this will kill people, and has. Terrorism, increased density and severe weather events make this book a necessity in all city police, fire, emergency and political offices–at least for those who want to save lives.
The author uses the lens of Utopian planning, redundant transport systems and new building materials to help move us to safer cities of the future.
“Safer Cities is a challenge to the planning profession and its accredited schools to integrate urban crisis management into city building processes and core curricula. This book not only lays out the extent of the problem, it offers numerous solutions. It does so brilliantly.”
Visiting Scholar, Geography & Program in Planning, University of Toronto
“…valuable points about emergency planning, including evacuation…”
-Senator Art Eggleton
Toronto’s longest serving Mayor
“I commend this book because it not only highlights complacency, but also offers solution. …The author’s critique of the planning process should be read by every civic emergency planning team, and every student of emergency planning.”
-Dr. Simon Bennett
Director, Civil Safety and Security Unit, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK
“…essential reading for everyone interested in emerging urban issues as well as students of urban geography, urban planning, architecture and design.”
-Rajinder S. Jutla, PhD
Professor and Director of Planning Program
Department of Geography, Geology & Planning
Missouri State University