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From the PublisherThis 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