Volume 18 Issue 1, 2003

Bringing ‘complex terrorism’ and ‘corporate malfeasance’ into a classification schema for disasters

Prof. AJW (Tony) Taylor

Peer-reviewed Article

Archived Article


This article argues that a reappraisal of emergency management systems might be of assistance to organisations concerned with risk assessment in all phases of disaster. Taylor suggests a revised classification of disasters might support risk organisations when managing the enormity and widespread effects of events such as those culminating in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 and in the collapse of corporate empires. Taylor justifies his assertion by defining disasters, presenting a disaster classification system and identifying potential casualties in the aftermath of any major traumatic event.