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Determining the appropriate strategies for emergency planning through AHP-SWOT

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During an unexpected incident, companies should demonstrate appropriate behaviour based on predetermined and rehearsed emergency strategies. This paper describes how to select the proper strategies for emergency situations via means of the AHP-SWOT tool, where the initial SWOT analysis is conducted for the emergency management system, and the final strategies are selected via the analytic hierarchy process (AHP). Alternative response strategies comprise internal, shared and external responses. Most of the scenarios investigated for this study demanded a shared response. These findings highlight the importance of mutual aid agreements, cooperative exercises and the improvement of communication systems. Organisations can take advantage of integrated approaches to select the best strategies and tactics for normal situations in general and emergency situations in particular.
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Keywords: emergencies strategy; emergency decision making; response tactics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Center of Excellence for Occupational Health and Research Center of Health Sciences, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, PO Box 4171, Hamadan, Iran

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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