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Project Management for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery – A Call to Arms

Access to resource related to project management for disaster response added to PMWL

7 April 2020 – Dallas, TX, USA – Access to a new resource related to project management for emergencies and disasters added to the PM World Library (PMWL).  The resource titled “Project Management for Emergency Response and Disaster Recovery – A Call to Arms!” is a paper by David L. Pells first published in 2007 in PM World Today.

According to Pells’ introduction, “It has become increasingly clear to me that an important area of application for modern project management must be in the fields of emergency response (ER)and disaster recovery (DR). This is true for several obvious reasons. Due to climate changes, population growth and demographic changes around the world, natural disasters are increasing in both frequency and impact (in both human and economic terms). In addition, regional conflicts have continued and based on global communications, globally interconnected economies, and population migrations (including refugees), we are all aware of and affected by them. Accidents and industrial emergencies also occur on a regular basis, often leading to evacuations or significant damage. Finally, terrorism may be a semi-permanent phenomenon, with international criminals causing harm in countries worldwide on a regular basis.

These trends create the need for ER/DR programs and projects. I believe it is time for the project management profession to get serious about the need for better program and project management in these areas. Just as more and better project management is needed for economic development, so is it needed to save lives in emergencies and to rebuild homes, cities, infrastructure and regions hit by disasters, be they created by humans or by the weather….”

To read this paper, go to the Solving Global Problems section of the PMWL at, click on “General Disaster Response”, scroll down to resource.  Access is free, but you are encouraged to register.

This paper can also be accessed from David Pells' Author Showcase at