Despite the title, the newsletter of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on the Sociology of Disasters is once again a regularly scheduled event. The long dormant publication has been revived and will be keeping disaster researchers informed of upcoming events and new research, as well as to sharing information about awards and other opportunities. Check out the December edition online now.
Communications in the Aftermath of a Major Earthquake
After an earthquake or similar disaster, geologists can provide valuable information to help those affected make the best choices for their safety and well being—but that often means setting aside science jargon and communicating in a way that offers a sense of safety, connectedness, and hope. This paper examines strategies drawn from disaster literature and personal experience to help geoscientists deliver effective communications during crises.
Vulnerability, Resilience, and Post-Disaster Reconstruction International Debates
This website offers a unique online opportunity to discuss issues in disasters, see how the conversation changes minds, and even win prizes for contributing to the dialogue. The first debate, “Does Temporary Housing Hinder the Recovery Practice?,” has been posted, so check it out and see if you’re opinion is swayed by the arguments.
Governor’s Guide to Mass Evacuations
This guide was prepared to help governors and other state leaders prepare to play their roles in disaster response in advance of an emergency that involves mass evacuations. The guide covers important elements such as knowing the extent of authority, coordinating with nonprofits and volunteer organizations, establishing shelters, training, and reentry issues.
Alliance for Response
This initiative of Heritage Preservation connects emergency managers with cultural heritage professionals in order to increase cultural and historic preservation before and after disasters. The website includes more about the effort, a planning toolkit, a list of existing emergency management-preservation networks, and an “Ask the Alliance,” feature for any uncovered, burning questions.