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Accession Number PB2013-100508
Title Facing Hazards And Disasters Understanding Human Dimensions.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 408p
Personal Author G. A. Kreps J. M. Ortiz M. K. Lindell P. R. Berke R. A. Olson S. E. Chang S. L. Cutter T. A. Birkland
Abstract The United States and many other countries throughout the world are vulnerable to a wide variety of natural, technological, and willful hazards and disasters. In this nation, while local decision makers and other stakeholders have the final responsibility for coping with disaster threats, federal agencies have developed science-based activities, including research and applications programs that are intended to further the understanding of such threats and provide a basis for more effective risk reduction efforts in vulnerable communities throughout the country. The National Science Foundation (NSF), sponsor of this study, has been in the forefront in providing support for social science hazards and disaster research, including research carried out through the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP), which was established in 1977. Since the creation of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, that agency also has emerged as a potential major sponsor of social science hazards and disaster research. Given the changing hazards and disasters landscape in recent years, brought on by such factors as new demographic trends and settlement patterns and the emergence of new kinds of disaster threats discussed in this report, NSF requested that the National Research Council (NRC) conduct an analysis of hazards and disaster research in the social sciences, a research community that is vital to understanding societal responses to natural, technological, and willful threats.
Keywords Communities
Crisis management
Demographic trends
Research program
Stress (Psychology)

Source Agency National Research Council Division of Earth Sciences
NTIS Subject Category 91I - Emergency Services & Planning
43D - Police, Fire, & Emergency Services
92B - Psychology
Corporate Author National Research Council, Washington, DC. Division on Earth and Life Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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