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Natural vs. Man Made Disasters

Sociology of Disasters
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Daren Criswell

on 20 November 2013

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Natural Disasters:
Earthquakes, Floods, Landslides, Hurricanes, Tornados, Tsunami and other such hazards.
These disasters create more havoc the closer they occur to human civilization.
A natural hazard is not termed a "disaster" if it takes place in a remote area not inhabited by humans.
Worst in the last century was the Spanish Flu which claimed 50 million lives worldwide.
Man Made Disasters:
Hazards that are the result of human intent or negligence, or result from human designs that cannot withstand natural forces.
Terrorism, crime against humanity, colossal loss of life and property
War, such as civil wars and wars between nations.
Accidents, such as mining, nuclear, and some wildfires.
Social Implications:
Natural Disasters Include:
Public Reaction:
Natural vs. Man Made Disasters
windhamstatus. (October 17, 2013).
Beware of frauds.
[Photo Compilation]. Retrieved From http://www.windhamstatus.org/beware-of-frauds-post-natural-disasters/
Leah Bess. (June 27, 2010).
Destruction Fact By Fact.
[Photo]. Retrieved From http://blog.ingreenpeace.com/#post10
Alltime10s. (Jun 11, 2012). 10 Most Devastating Natural Disasters. [Video]. Retrieved From www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeYUE3S1VL8
Natural Disasters:
Man Made Disasters:
Alltime10s. (Feb 7, 2013).
10 Worst Man-Made Disasters.
[Video]. Retrieved From www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlQKk7bbSHk
Natural Disasters Include:
Media Reaction:
Natural Disasters Include:
Government Response:
Natural Disasters Include:
References:
Man Made Disasters Include:
Man Made Disasters Include:
Man Made Disasters Include:
Man Made Disasters Include:
windhamstatus. (October 17, 2013).
Beware of frauds.
[Photo Compilation]. Retrieved From http://www.windhamstatus.org/beware-of-frauds-post-natural-disasters/

Leah Bess. (June 27, 2010).
Destruction Fact By Fact.
[Photo]. Retrieved From http://blog.ingreenpeace.com/#post10

Alltime10s. (Jun 11, 2012).
10 Most Devastating Natural Disasters.
[Video]. Retrieved From www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeYUE3S1VL8

Alltime10s. (Feb 7, 2013).
10 Worst Man-Made Disasters.
[Video]. Retrieved From www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlQKk7bbSHk

Human vulnerability, Structure Vulnerability, Agricultural Vulnerability
Hinges on people's capacity to anticipate, cope with, resists, and recover from the impacts of a natural disaster.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, caused by the disaster that usually last for the rest of the victim's life.
Loss of source of income or career for some time. IE. oil spill effects fishermen, oil rig workers, and outdoors men.
Trickles down to families that suffers side effects
People reach out and help neighbors and community cleanup and rebuild (closure).
Citizens also donate other items such as money, non perishable food items, and cloths or blankets.
People also learn to prepare better for future disasters and to head warnings.
More anger/animosity involved because people view disaster the as preventable.
Volunteerism increases giving people closure by letting them help respond directly to the disaster (cleanup after oil spill, search for victims after 9/11).
People tend to ultimately place blame on one person or group that they feel are responsible.
Media tends to exemplify the worst cases of the disaster's wrath, lending the public to view every person was affected that bad.
In the U.S. weather dramas are so frequently predicted that dire warnings have lost their impact.
Coverage of disaster is overwhelming at first then fades quickly becuase there are a lack of new "stories" to report.
Gets a lot of attention currently, "If it bleeds, it leads."
The media responses vary greatly from outlet or station to station. Usually the information they first report becomes erroneous quickly.
Media has become problematic reporting man made disasters because they all need to be the first one to break "new information" leading to many different falsehoods.
Reviews and evaluates the local situation.
Determine if the situation is beyond the capability of the State.
Proclaims state of emergency, allocates resources and controls citizens movements on roads.
State can then requests Federal assitance
Government agencies have been developed to deal with particular man made disasters, such as The FAA, Department of Homeland Security, and The ATF.
Each of the agencies respond to assist the local/state officials during the disaster and after to help with response and investigation.
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