Facing Hazards and Disasters: Understanding Human Dimensions

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Joseph Henry Press, Oct 1, 2001 - Nature - 306 pages
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Mention Three Mile Island, the Exxon Valdez, the Mozambique floods and the importance of effective disaster preparedness and response is immediately clear. Facing the Unexpected presents the wealth of information derived from disasters around the world over the past 25 years. The authors explore how these findings can improve disaster programs, identify remaining research needs, and discuss disasters within the broader context of sustainable development.

How do different people think about disaster? Are we more likely to panic or to respond with altruism? Why are 110 people killed in a Valujet crash considered disaster victims while the 50,000 killed annually in traffic accidents in the United States are not? At the crossroads of social, cultural, and economic factors, this book examines these and other compelling questions.

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