The True Golden Hour: How People Respond in Emergencies

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The True Golden Hour offers a unique understanding of the latest findings on population reaction to natural or man-made disasters all over the world; and in particular enhanced by Israeli extensive experience. This updated edition of the book shows that, contrary to popular belief, people can deal with pressures derived from the most difficult emergency situations such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and more. Professor Hayim Granot, a leading Israeli authority with recognized international standing in this area, ...
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Overview

The True Golden Hour offers a unique understanding of the latest findings on population reaction to natural or man-made disasters all over the world; and in particular enhanced by Israeli extensive experience. This updated edition of the book shows that, contrary to popular belief, people can deal with pressures derived from the most difficult emergency situations such as floods, fires, earthquakes, and more. Professor Hayim Granot, a leading Israeli authority with recognized international standing in this area, has extensive background in civil defense practice. In The True Golden Hour, he combines comprehensive knowledge of worldwide research on human behavior under extreme circumstances with his own practical experience during the Gulf War.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780978252601
  • Publisher: Key Publishing House Inc
  • Publication date: 3/20/2009
  • Pages: 135
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Professor Hayim Granot was a researcher at the City University of New York. He taught sociology at Long Island University and at the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University in New Jersey. In 1970 he was appointed to the School of Social Work at Bar-Ilan University in Israel, where he served till 2002. Professor Granot established the Mass Emergencies Project at Bar-Ilan University with its emphasis on applied solutions for human problems in emergencies and disasters. He served as a senior consultant to civil defense headquarters and other emergency agencies on community response and behavior in emergencies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction to the International Edition 9

Chapter I Introduction - A Distinctive Approach 11

Gulf War Reminder 13

Learning from Experience 15

The Individual in his Society 15

Summary 16

References & Further Readings 17

Chapter II Emergencies & Their Effects: Causes & Characteristics 18

The Military Connection 18

Features 19

Civilian Emergencies 20

Complex Emergencies 21

The Scale of Emergencies 22

The Effects of Emergencies 22

Individual Reactions 22

The Physiological Response 23

Fear, Anxiety and Stress 24

Loss 24

Anger 24

Family Response 24

Community Responses 25

Summary 26

References & Further Readings 27

Chapter III Vulnerable Groups 28

Differences in Background 28

Gender 28

Age 30

Disabled 31

Social Position 32

Background Problems 33

Entry Victims 34

Summary 34

References & Further Readings 34

Chapter IV In the Shadow of Danger 36

Introduction 36

Hazards and Risks 36

Risk: Analysis, Evaluation and Reduction 38

Acceptable Risk 39

Summary 42

References & Further Readings 44

Chapter V Communication: Between Public and Individual 45

Introduction 45

Emergency Communications - A Human Process 46

Rumor and the Mass Media 47

Crying Wolf - In Scientific Terms 49

"Stonewalling or Going Public" - Warning of Hazards 50

Public Information - New Media 51

Summary 52

References & Further Readings 52

Chapter VI Collapse of Public Order: Myth and Reality 54

Retreat from Civilization 54

Events Investigated 56

Research and the Myths 57

Persistence of the Myths 59

Victims and their Welfare 60

Lessons from the Gulf War 61

Summary 61

References & Further Readings 62

ChapterVII Triage and Framing 63

Medical Triage 63

Psychological Triage 64

Community Triage 65

Summary 67

References & Further Readings 68

Chapter VIII Bereavement and Loss 69

The Meaning of Death 69

The Mourning Process 69

Mourning in the Jewish Tradition 70

Death in Emergencies 72

The Death Imprint 74

Other Loss 75

Summary 75

References & Further Readings 76

Chapter IX Evacuation 78

A Distressing Evacuation 78

Emergency Evacuation 79

Difficult Decisions 84

A Change of Orientation 85

Unresolved Evacuation Problems 85

Summary 86

References & Further Readings 87

Chapter X Convergence and Counterattack 88

The Organized Response 88

The Spontaneous Reaction 89

The Motives for Crowd Formation 90

Disaster Relief Campaigns 92

Summary 93

References & Further Readings 93

Chapter XI Disaster and Mental Health 95

Introduction 95

Roots of the PTSD Concept 96

Consolidating the Strands 97

Clinical Description 98

Operative Differences 99

Behind the Differences 101

Variability of Effect 102

Intervention Strategies 105

Summary 106

References & Further Readings 106

Chapter XII The Golden Hour: Self-help and Help to Others 110

Bus Number 405 110

What is "The True Golden Hour"? 110

Voluntary Organizations in the Golden Hour 112

The True Picture 112

Between Expectation and Reality 113

Human Conflict 114

Emergency Tools and Skills 115

Summary 116

References & Further Readings 117

Bibliography 118

Index 128

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