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Research Article, J Bus Hotel Manage Vol: 1 Issue: 2

The Need to be Prepared:Disaster Management in the Hospitality Industry

Barent N. McCool*
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
Corresponding author : Barent N. McCool
Department of Nutrition, Hospitality and Retailing, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA
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Received: September 11, 2012 Accepted: October 20, 2012 Published: October 23, 2012
Citation: McCool BN (2012) The Need to be Prepared: Disaster Management in the Hospitality Industry. J Bus Hotel Manage 1:2. doi:10.4172/2324-9129.1000101

Abstract

The Need to be Prepared: Disaster Management in the Hospitality Industry

Although hospitality firms face serious threats from disasters, few of these firms have engaged in planning for effective disaster management. Such planning entails both proactive and reactive planning so that the firm is able to take actions to minimize risk and damage prior to and during the disaster event and is then also able to resume operations as efficiently and effectively as possible following the event. Effective management planning incorporates internal input from the firms’ most valuable asset, its employees, and external input from a variety of stakeholders in the community. Effective disaster management for hospitality firms entails the development of partnerships between the firm and external partners, such as government and non-governmental agencies, suppliers and the media.

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