An Exploratory Study on the Role of Disaster Managers - Based on disaster management officers at the local government -

재난관리자의 역할에 관한 탐색적 연구 - 지방자치단체의 재난관리 실무책임자를 중심으로 -

  • Received : 2012.12.12
  • Accepted : 2012.12.23
  • Published : 2012.12.31


Despite the importance of disaster management officers of disaster management agencies at the local government to protect the lives of civilians and their properties, there is a lack of research or literature in their roles and responsibilities. In fact, there is a urgent need to set clear roles and responsibilities for them. This study scrutinizes how to disaster managers should behave in specific setting that differentiates from other administrative managers based on domestic and foreign literature review. Although, the role of disaster manager seem to be similar to administrative manager, there are some differences particularly in the areas that disaster manager has to work as an expert in saving lives and properties that has to be further emphasized. When working on disaster management process of prevention and resoration, the key task are based on mid and low level officers. On the other hand, preparedness and response process that involve rapid decision making and cooperation with other department, persuasion of local residents and resource pooling are carried out by mid and high level managers because it requires control capacity and decision making skills.