Revisiting the Disaster Encyclopedia

August 1999 (VOL. 17, NO. 2)

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Over a decade has passed since the publication of Human System Responses to disaster (Drabek 1986) in which findings from nearly 1,000 sociological studies were inventoried. This work, referred to by some as “the disaster encyclopedia,” is revisited in this essay through the exploration of three topics: (1) discussion of the origins of this essay and its structuring influences; (2) aspects of the inventory that should be retained; and (3) recommended areas of change.