The article provides an editorial perspective and quick summary, context and background for the papers published in volume four; issue one of the International Journal of Emergency Services. This Special Issue is a small step in enabling researchers working in different areas of crisis, emergency management, organizational resilience and recovery to be able to present their work in a common forum so that a community of inquiry covering this important area of human existence can be initiated. This Special Issue has resulted from a special track titled “Crisis, Emergency Management and Recovery” organized at the EURAM 14th Annual Conference held at Valencia in Spain in 2014. Researchers were invited to present on the various aspects of a crisis including preparedness before a crisis, resilience during a crisis and recovering from a crisis covering strategies, tactics and methods required to deal with a variety of crises including natural, political, man-made and humanitarian crises and their interactions and interdependencies. The issue contains eight papers generated from presentations at the EURAM conference as well as new papers from authors who responded to a call for papers that was issued subsequent to the conference. The three areas covered by the track – preparing for a crisis, resilience during a crisis as well as recovering from a crisis find a place in the papers in this Special Issue.