Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department / School


First Advisor

Lee A. Opheim


The nature of disasters has changed over the years. There is a need for informing the general public of the nature of these changes so that they can be prepared for disasters that may be possible in the future. This thesis addresses the nature of these changes and what the response has been to each. An effort will be made to predict the types of disasters that may be most certain in the future. Most counties in South Dakota do not have written plans for their communities in the event of a disaster. Brookings County is one of the few that does. For some of the counties that are attempting to get their Emergency and Disaster Services and their county plans moving, Brookings County is the model they use. It is one of the best in the state of South Dakota. This thesis attempts to examine why emergency services are needed in Brookings County, and why a Emergency and Disaster Services program will continue to be important in the future. If there were no disasters in Brookings County, there would be no need for an Emergency and Disaster Service or the various plans that go with it for the future. When examining the geography of a given area, one is interested in more than just where something is located and why. All living organisms on the earth's surface interrelate with one another in various ways. The purpose of this study is to investigate a small, but very important, aspect of a county's future; how it can mitigate the losses of lives and property should a-disaster occur.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Assistance in emergencies -- South Dakota -- Brookings County
Disaster relief -- South Dakota -- Brookings County
Brookings County (S.D.) -- Civil defense



Number of Pages



South Dakota State University


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