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Ha and Oh: Selective versus comprehensive emergency management in Korea. SpringerPlus 2014 3:602.


© 2014 Ha and Oh; licensee Springer. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.


In spite of Korean governments’ efforts, many emergency management practitioners wonder whether what is actually being practiced is selective or comprehensive management. Using a qualitative content analysis and experiences in practice, the article analyzes the barriers to selective emergency management and the paths to comprehensive emergency management via the same three management elements: stakeholders, phases of the emergency management lifecycle, and hazards and impacts. Four analytical levels are considered: central government level, industry level, community level, and household level. Korea, despite its self-praise, has to transform its selective emergency management into comprehensive emergency management in time.