Natural and human-made disasters appear to be increasing in frequency and scope, commanding extensive media attention. Growing sensitivity to issues of preparedness and community response has created a greater interest among academics and practitioners.
The Asian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, mudslides in Brazil, earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Japan, Turkey, China, and other countries have garnered worldwide notice. Human-made disasters, such as terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center or in Oklahoma City, Spain, England, Sri Lanka, Iraq, Afghanistan, and various other countries, or attacks on schoolchildren in places such as Columbine and various communities in China, send shockwaves throughout societies.
This book addresses the development of long-term interventions following disasters, emphasizing disadvantaged communities. Attention is given to the role of change agents, such as local and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and psychosocial professionals, to ensure that the window of opportunity is realized, generating immediate help and sustained community development.
PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroductionPart One: Analytic Frameworks and PerspectivesChapter One: Community and Organizational Responses to DisastersChapter Two: Intervention in Disasters: An International PerspectivePart Two: Community Development and Organizational InterventionsChapter Three: Challenges for Community Development in Disaster SituationsChapter Four: Program Logic Modeling as a Tool for Developing a Disaster Response and Mitigation Plan: The Somaliland ExperienceChapter Five: Planning for the Unimaginable: Having Your Personal, Family, Organizational, and Community PlanChapter Six: Taking the Disabled into Account in Preparing for And Responding to DisastersChapter Seven: Neighbors Helping Neighbors: The Disability Community and Emergency PreparednessPart Three: Notes from the FieldChapter Eight: Mud and Mold: Making Meaning of Adversity in New OrleansChapter Nine: Words of Wisdom Following the Tsunami: Lessons from Sri LankaChapter Ten: Making the Voices of Victims HeardChapter Eleven: The Human Hand Behind Natural Disasters: The Ugandan ExperiencePart Four: Psychosocial InterventionsChapter Twelve: Cultural Sensitivity in Psychosocial Interventions Following a Disaster: A Tri-national Collaboration in Sri LankaChapter Thirteen: Psychological Outcomes of the 2001 World Trade Center AttackChapter Fourteen: Social Work Students During Wartime: False Effect of Professional Self-efficacy?Chapter Fifteen: Shared Traumatic Reality: Social Work Students and Clients in an Area Under AttackPart Five: ConclusionChapter Sixteen: From Helping to ChangingEditorsContributors