Response to disaster : fact versus fiction & its perpetuation : the sociology of disaster (Book, 1998) [WorldCat.org]
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Response to disaster : fact versus fiction & its perpetuation : the sociology of disaster

Author: Henry W Fischer
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : University Press of America, ©1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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The author provides 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, he discusses organizational response to disasters and assesses future needs in research to improve the reaction  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry W Fischer
ISBN: 0761811826 9780761811824 0761811834 9780761811831
OCLC Number: 1079844475
Description: xx, 219 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. What is a disaster? --
2. Behavioral response to disaster. 2.1. Case study : Why do some evacuate, while others do not? The Ephrata, Pennsylvania evacuation. --
3. Why we believe the disaster mythology. --
3.1. Case study : Disastrous fantasizing in the print media : How disasters have been portrayed in newsmagazine reporting over a 40 year period. --
3.2. Case study : Hurricane Gilbert as the media's creation of the 'Storm of the Century' during September 1988. --
4. Organizational response to disaster. --
4.1. Case study : What the professionals believe & the role of experience. --
4.2. Case study : Media's impact on EOC response. --
4.3. Case study : Experience & mitigation planning. --
4.4. Case study : Earthquake hazard risk reduction & seismic vulnerability. --
5. Future research needs.
Responsibility: Henry W. Fischer, III.

Abstract:

The author provides 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, he 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.

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. . . the collection of papers contained in the book may provide a useful introduction to disaster research to newcomers, in need of a synthetic overview of the main issues dealt with. -- Bruna De Read more...

 
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