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Accession Number ADA574435
Title Preparing Minority Populations for Emergencies: Connecting to Build a More Resilient Community.
Publication Date Dec 2012
Media Count 143p
Personal Author P. L. Miller
Abstract Disagreement continues over events that resulted from the country's largest and most controversial natural disaster: Hurricane Katrina. Casualties that occurred during Katrina due to poor evacuation procedures and inconsistent responses in search and rescue have been examined in the media and academia. However, finger pointing trumps constructive discussion. Government officials sought to place responsibility at the feet of many others, including the victims. Victims placed blame on an ineffective government process that excluded people of color. Are government authorities really reaching out to minorities to bridge the gap, or are lapses in communication efforts indicative of a larger problem. Shared experiences resulting from long-standing discrimination toward minority populations, particularly those of African descent, have historically affected their perception of government and its concern for their well-being. To quell this perception and add value to the emergency preparedness doctrine, a community-based approach emphasizing personal responsibility is most effective in bridging the trust gap and building resiliency. This will necessitate change in narratives that create the story lines of minority communities to promote social force change. The use of 'positioning theory' will enable this change in both individual behavior and actions, and will positively impact the next generation's ability to be prepared for disaster.
Keywords African americans
Emergency plans
Grassroots communication systems
Hurricane katrina
Local government
Racial discrimination
State government
United states government

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92 - Behavior & Society
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Dept. of National Security Affairs.
Document Type Thesis
Title Note Master's thesis.
NTIS Issue Number 1318
Contract Number N/A

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