Post-impact Emergency Actions

  • Thomas E. Drabek
Part of the Springer Series on Environmental Management book series (SSEM)


Immediately after a tornado has cut through Lubbock, Texas, or Topeka, Kansas, or Xenia, Ohio, what happens? What behavioral responses are evoked by individuals or the more complex social systems in which they participate? These actions are the focus of this chapter. Obviously, there is a blurred line between these and the early portions of the recovery phase. But in general, conclusions that are summarized here pertain to human activities within the initial few hours after impact. In some instances, the findings deal with emotional responses that were manifested within a few days, but the major focus is on immediate emergency actions. As in the preceding chapters, our assessment is organized by system levels. We will begin by examining the responses of individuals and systematically move across levels of increased structural complexity—from groups and organizations to communities and total societies.


Disaster Response Disaster Victim Emergency Medical System Emergent Group Disaster Research 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas E. Drabek
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of DenverDenverUSA

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