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Evaluation of an International Disaster Response Teams Perspective Post 2011 Japan Multiple Disasters: Pivotal Learnings in Human Resource Management

Journal of Strategic Human Resource Management

Volume 4 Issue 3

Published: 2015
Author(s) Name: Preeti Arora, Rupa Gunaseelan, Janak R. Bhardwaj | Author(s) Affiliation:
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Abstract

The Great East Japan Earthquake that forms the focus of this study inflicted unprecedented damage to infrastructure, lives, livelihood, and economy (estimated damage: US $ 235 billion). The disaster necessitated colossal human resource deployment with 163 countries and 43 international organizations offering assistance. The present study focuses on the importance of human resource management in disaster management and presents perspectives of the International Disaster Response Team from India deployed in Japan post-disaster. Responses on the following dimensions: rescue, relief and recovery (R3) assignment, specialised training and equipment, on-ground situation assessment, psycho-social parameters, and mission accomplishment led to several revelations. Data were analyzed using a one-way ANOVA, followed by post-hoc Tukeys HSD test. The present study presents key lessons for R3 personnel deployed on international missions in the wake of mega disasters. Our findings underscore the necessity to develop and implement responder-friendly policies and practices that can facilitate international R3 missions.

Keywords: Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, Human Resource, International Disaster Responder Team

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