The Human Side of Disaster / Edition 1

The Human Side of Disaster / Edition 1

by Thomas E. Drabek
     
 

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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439808641
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/26/2009
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Experiences
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
Organized-Disorganization
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
Notes
Suggested Readings
Index

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