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The Human Side of Disaster
by Thomas Drabek
CRC Press
ISBN: 9781439808641

Drabek scientifically evaluates human responses to disasters, informing emergency managers and response teams and teaching them how to anticipate human behavior in a crisis.

This book contains four scenarios—based on interviews and real events—that introduce the human side of disaster and examine how preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation affect outcomes. Chapters provide insight that can be applied to events such as hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and floods, as well as man-made threats—including industrial accidents and acts of terrorism.

The book demonstrates how traditional warning methods and high-tech systems can work together to improve communication, evacuation, and reconstruction. The human element in disasters is highlighted, as well as how to use that element as part of a planned disaster response.

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