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date: 12 July 2020

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The first part of this review examines decision making under the threat of disaster; the second part concentrates on decision making in the midst of disaster; and the third focuses on the choices made during post-disaster investigations. For ease of presentation, the article considers these disaster-related phases separately, but in practice, they circle back and interlink in a mesh of feedback loops. Often only a post-disaster investigation, for example, clarifies what occurred in the midst of disaster. The article concludes with a discussion of several decision-making practices that organizations have developed to help address some of the challenges for decision makers identified throughout the review.

Keywords: decision making, threat of disaster, feedback loops, post-disaster investigation, decision-making practices, organizations

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