From the Editor

Welcome to the June 2016 Issue of the Natural Hazards Observer, dedicated to Culture, Community, and Disaster.

Communities that experience large-scale disasters can be further traumatized when outside organizations responding to the event fail to consider local culture, expertise, and capacity. Enrico Quarantelli identified this problem as early as 1988 and called for more understanding of the differences in communities to encourage collaboration. He observed that local emergency management groups are as diverse as their communities and because of this, imposing standardized response models from federal or state entities was doomed.

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