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Facing the Unexpected: Disaster Preparedness and Response in the United States (Natural Hazards and Disasters: Reducing Loss and Building Sustainability in a Hazardous World: A Series) [Hardcover]

by Kathleen J. Tierney, Michael K. Lindell, Ronald W. Perry
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November 6, 2001 0309069998 978-0309069991
"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 disaster 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 U.S. are not? At the crossroads of social, cultural, and economic factors, this book examines these and other compelling questions. The authors review the influences that shape the U.S. governmental system for disaster planning and response, the effectiveness of local emergency agencies, and the level of professionalism in the field. They also compare technological versus natural disaster and examine the impact of technology on disaster programs.


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Book Description

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 disaster 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 U.S. are not? At the crossroads of social, cultural, and economic factors, this book examines these and other compelling questions.

The authors review the influences that shape the U.S. governmental system for disaster planning and response, the effectiveness of local emergency agencies, and the level of professionalism in the field. They also compare technological versus natural disaster and examine the impact of technology on disaster programs.

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Kathleen J. Tierney, Michael K. Lindell, and Ronald W. Perry

Product Details

  • Series: Natural Hazards and Disasters: Reducing Loss and Building Sustainability in a Hazardous World: A Series
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Joseph Henry Press (November 6, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0309069998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0309069991
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2.0 out of 5 stars Regrets December 29, 2010
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This was a difficult read! It might have been a combination of writing style, format, layout, content...I don't know what but for a graduate class, I had to put the book down repeatedly. In the end, I skimmed most of the assigned reading and looked for other sources.

My instructor had very few assignments relating to this book. If you are taking this for a class, I would find out the extent to which you will be using it. I usually keep all of my books following a class, for future reference, but I can't see holding on to this one.

The book did arrive promptly and in excellent condition.
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I received the book immediately and it was in excellent condition. Thank you for the pleasant experience to order from you.
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