The Human Side of Disaster / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $5.00
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 92%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (9) from $5.00   
  • New (3) from $27.84   
  • Used (6) from $5.00   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

1439808643 Brand new, Never used! All day low prices, buy from us sell to us we do it all!!

Ships from: Aurora, IL

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Express, 48 States
Seller since 2011

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
New Hardcover. Textbook only. 1st Edition Ships same or next day. Expedited shipping takes 2-3 business days; standard shipping takes 4-14 business days.

Ships from: Fayetteville, AR

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Seller since 2015

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


When disaster strikes, people react, and usually, fear levels rise. Temporarily, however, one motivation supersedes all others: survival of self and those nearby, especially loved ones. Based on the author’s years of research and teaching experience, The Human Side of Disaster scientifically evaluates human responses in the face of disasters. This examination informs emergency managers and response teams and teaches them how to anticipate human behaviors in-crisis.

The book begins with four scenarios based on interviews and real events that introduce the human side of disaster. The stories examine how attention to, or lack of, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation affect outcomes. Each subsequent chapter refers back to the original Experiences chapter and provides insights that can be applied not only to events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods, but also to man-made threats including industrial accidents and acts of terrorism. The author explores how people’s responses can be predicted, the long term effects of disaster on the psyche, and the key issues involved in recovery.

A balanced interpretation of research, results, and experience, the book demonstrates how traditional warning methods and high-tech systems can work together to improve communications, evacuations, and reconstruction efforts. It highlights the role of the human element in any disaster situation and demonstrates how to use that element as part of a planned disaster response.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
This book is the culmination of a career-long quest to translate decades of research findings to students, emergency management professionals, and the general population. … He has succeeded with a style of writing that is personal, non-technical, and highly informative.
—Gary Kreps, The College of William and Mary

…an excellent book that presents well-documented research findings in an entertaining and engaging style. … expands on important disaster-related knowledge beyond the typical academic and professional communities. It is therefore unique among texts, and contributes much to our understanding of human behavior in disaster situations.
—David McEntire, Department Chair and Professor, University of North Texas

… a unique and much needed book. It grows out of Drabek’s lifelong commitment to not only conducting basic and applied research but also to passing on vital knowledge…what readers will find is a sound and highly readable discussion of insights and principles on the social and behavioral aspects of disasters…anyone interested in exploring human aspects of disaster, regardless of their locale, will find much food for thought…a welcome addition to the literature in the field.
—William A. Anderson, Ph.D., National Research Council, National Academy of Science

… an entertaining case-based look at human response to disaster—puncturing myths, pointing out truths, and exploring the progress of disaster from warnings to ‘why me?
Natural Hazards Observer

One of the main strengths of the book is the easy flow and readability of the text. The personal experiences and informal writing style allow the reader to be immersed in the book. The author's expertise is evident throughout the book and is backed by rigorous research. The book should be required reading for college students, emergency planning personnel, policy makers, and for anyone who works in emergency and disaster relief. It is a great read that is hard to put down.
—Marlis Glenda Anne Bruyere, University of Atlanta, Ontario, Canada, in the Journal of Social Science

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439808641
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/26/2009
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

The Taxi
The Earring
The Honeymoon
The Ceiling
The Insights
The Problem and Approach
The Danger around You Is Increasing
The Many Faces of Disaster
The Approach
The Insights
Hear That Siren?
Who Panics and Why
Neutralizing Threat Information
Doing It Right
But Not Everyone Responds the Same
The Insights
It Can’t Be Done
That Lady Named Carla
A Disaster Subculture?
The Mythology of Car Wrecks
“Resisters? We’ll Arrest Them!”
Confirmation: A Likely Action
Families Are the Units
The Insights
Shall We Leave?
Pathways to Evacuation
Where Do They Go?
“We Wanna Go Home”
Evacuation Facilitators
An Aside: Crisis Relocation Planning and Homeland Security Advisory System
The Insights
Why Me?
Victim Responses
The Disaster Syndrome: Another Myth Exploded
Heroes: They Are for Real
Helpers: How Many Are There?
“Where Is My Daughter?”
But There Are Constraints
The Insights
Volunteers? You Bet!
The Flood Breakers
Are Volunteers Like Yachts?
The Utopian Mood
Unveiling the Many Forms of Volunteerism
The Insights
Raining in Indianapolis
“But We Deal with Emergencies Daily”
Sorting Out Organizational Responders
Is Communication the Problem?
Social Map: Lake Pomona Communication Structure
Cooperation Is Not Enough
The Insights
Life in a Fishbowl
The Bitch Phase
Looting Fears
Bad Dreams
Short-Term Oscillations
Windows of Opportunity
“When Can We Go Home?”
The Insights
What about My Psyche?
An Atypical Example
Modal Patterns
Patterned Variations
Kinfolk and Friends
“This Is My Mother”
The Insights
What Must Be Done?
Variable Perceptions of Risk
Disasters Are Nonroutine Social Problems
Professionalism in Emergency Management
Strategies for Maintaining Organizational Integrity
Disaster Response Coordination Strategies
Concluding Principles
Suggested Readings

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)