Beyond September 11th:
An Account of Post-Disaster Research
Special Publication #39 (2003, 600 pp.)
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- Background and Summary
- Perishable Information, Enduring Insights? Understanding Quick Response Research
- Learning from Urban Disasters: Summary of a Workshop
- The Crash of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania
- Victim Management and Identification after the World Trade Center Collapse
- Creativity in Emergency Response to the World Trade Center Disaster
- Use of Spatial Data and Geographic Technologies in Response to the September 11th Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center
- Managing Disruptions to Critical Interdependent Infrastructures in the Context of the 2001 World Trade Center Attack
- Investigation of a Damaged High-rise Building near Ground Zero
- Public Infrastructure Service Flexibility for Response and Recovery in the Attacks at the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001
- Lessons Learned from the World Trade Center Disaster about Critical Utility Systems
- A Need to Help: Emergent Volunteer Behavior after September 11th
- Resiliency, Posttraumatic Growth, and Psychological Distress after the Attacks on America
- Community Isolation and Group Solidarity: Examining the Muslim Student Experience after September 11th
- Risk Communication and Public Warning Response to the September 11th Attack on the World Trade Center
- Impacts of Extreme Events on Intercity Passenger Travel Behavior: The September 11th Experience
- A Complex Organizational Adaptation to the World Trade Center Disaster: An Analysis of Faith-Based Organizations
- Business Responses to the World Trade Center Disaster: A Study of Corporate Roles, Functions, and Interatction with the Public Sector
- Information Technology Firms Respond to the Immediate Aftermath of the September 11th Terrorist Acts
- Global Justice Protesters Respond to the September 11th Terrorist Attacks: The Impact of an Intentional Disaster on Demonstrations in Washington, D.C.
- Representation of the September 11th Terrorist Attacks in the Online Edition of the Los Angeles Times
- Natural Hazards Mitigation in Oregon: A Case Study
- Effects of the Terrorist Attacks of September 11, 2001, on Federal Emergency Management in the United States
Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-disaster Research is a cooperative production of the Public Entity Risk Institute of Fairfax, Virginia; the Institute for Civil Infrastructure Systems at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (a partnership of New York University, Cornell University, Polytechnic University and the University of Southern California); and the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The terrorist attack on September 11, 2001, resulted in a disaster that was unusual in U.S. experience in a number of ways: the densely developed and populated disaster site (in New York City); the type of buildings and infrastructure that were damaged; the fact that the disaster was the result of an intentional act; and the sheer scope of the emergency response that was needed. These characteristics provided an unprecedented opportunity for the natural hazards research community to help better understand what happened through programs such as the Natural Hazards Center's Quick Response research program and the National Science Foundation's Small Grants for Exploratory Research. Both programs enabled scholars to enter the field quickly to collect perishable data in the days and weeks after September 11.
This volume collects the findings, lessons, and recommendations of this post-September 11 disaster research. Consisting of 20 selections by researchers who received grants to investigate questions that arose in the wake of the disaster, each piece takes a distinct view on topics ranging from engineering to behavioral science. Also included are a summary of what this post-September 11th research tells us, an overview of "quick response" as a research method, and a report of the preliminary observations made by researchers and first responders at a workshop held only a few months after the disaster.