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Response to Disaster Fact Versus Fiction and Its Perpetuation - The Sociology of Disaster

ISBN-10: 0761811834
ISBN-13: 9780761811831
Edition: 2nd 1998
Authors: Henry W. Fischer
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Book details

List price: $53.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: University Press of America, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/3/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638

This edition of Response to Disaster provides an updated and more thorough version of the well-received 1994 first edition. The author adds new research and expands on areas only briefly developed in the first edition, which disseminated the original research findings from several disaster research studies completed by the author. He provides the reader with a basic understanding of how people and organizations usually respond to a disaster in contrast to how they are usually perceived to respond, as well as a description of how and why the mass media helps provide both accurate and inaccurate information involving disasters. In addition, the author discusses organizational response to disasters and assesses future needs in research to improve the reaction to them so that mitigation, planning, and disaster response activity are more effective. Here, he greatly expands the areas of theory of approaches to disaster.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
What is a Disaster?
Behavioral Response to Disaster
Case Study: Why Do Some Evacuate, While Others Do Not? The Ephrata, Pennsylvania Evacuation
Why We Believe the Disaster Mythology
Case Study: Disastrous Fantasizing in the Print Media: How Disasters Have Been Portrayed in Newsmagazine Reporting Over a 40 Year Period
Case Study: Hurricane Gilbert as the Media's Creation of the 'Storm of the Century' During September 1988
Organizational Response to Disaster
Case Study: What the Professionals Believe and The Role of Experience
Case Study: Media's Impact on EOC Response
Case Study: Experience and Mitigation Planning
Case Study: Earthquake Hazard Risk Reduction and Seismic Vulnerability
Future Research Needs
Author's Final Note
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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