Response to Disaster Fact Versus Fiction and Its Perpetuation, the Sociology of Disaster

ISBN-10: 0761841172
ISBN-13: 9780761841173
Edition: 3rd 2008
Authors: Henry W. Fischer
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Description: Response to Disaster combines the original research of author Henry W. Fischer, III with the literature used today to describe behavioral and organizational challenges commonly experienced before, during, and after disasters. Actual problems are  More...

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Book details

List price: $43.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University Press of America, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/21/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Response to Disaster combines the original research of author Henry W. Fischer, III with the literature used today to describe behavioral and organizational challenges commonly experienced before, during, and after disasters. Actual problems are presented and compared to those often misperceived to occur, known as disaster mythology. Fischer examines case studies conducted during the post-impact and long-term recovery periods of major and minor disasters worldwide. He asserts that the role of the mass media assists in eliciting needed help with an effective response, but also perpetuates disaster mythology.

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
What is a Disaster?
Introduction
Definition
A Disaster Scale
Frequency of Disaster Events
Types of Disasters
Disaster Time Periods
Four Phases of Emergency Management
Sociological Theory
How Do We Come to Know What We Know About Disasters?
Integration with Theory
Who Does Disaster Research?
Introduction
Several U.S. Centers of Disaster Research
Who's Who in Disaster Research?
Several Key Journals in Disaster Research
Behavioral Response to Disaster
The Public Perception of How People Behave In a Disaster
First Case Study: Evacuation Behavior: Why Do Some Evacuate, While Others Do Not? A Case Study of the Ephrata, Pennsylvania Evacuation
The "Looting" Myth and the Reality
Second Case Study: Terrorism & September 11, 2001: Does the "Behavioral Response to Disaster" Model Fit?
Why We Believe the Disaster Mythology
Mass Media as a Source of Information on Disasters
First Case Study: Disastrous Fantasizing in the Print Media: How Disasters Have Been Portrayed in Newsmagazine Reporting over a Forty Year Period
Second Case Study: Hurricane Gilbert: The Media's Creation of the Storm of the Century during September 1988
Organizational Response to Disaster
Emergency Organizations
First Case Study: LEMA Myth Survey: Has Anything Changed in 20 Years? What the Professionals Believe & the Role of Experience
Second Case Study: Media's Impact on EOC Response: EOC Preoccupation with Media: Dorothy's Experience
Third Case Study: The Role of Education & Experience in Mitigation Planning
Fourth Case Study: Earthquake Hazard Risk Reduction & Seismic Vulnerability: Low Risk + No Experience with An Agent = No Mitigation
Fifth Case Study: The 2004 Boxing Day South Asian Tsunami: Mass Fatalities Management-Observations of the Field Team in Thailand
Sixth Case Study: The Emergency Management Response To Hurricane Katrina: As Told by the First Responders-A Case Study of What Went Wrong & Recommendations for the Future
Future Research Needs
Disaster Historians & Disaster Janitors
Necessary Research Advances
New Disaster Agents-Old Socio-Political Challenges
Author's Final Note
Bibliography
About the Author

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