Some Observations on Organizational Response To The Snowstorm in Columbia, South Carolina, February 9, 1973
Ponting, J. Rick
Quarantelli, E. L.
Disaster Research Center
Around February 10, 1973, press reports indicated that a largely unexpected and very heavy snowstorm hit large sections of the southern United States, an area unaccustomed to such an event. Statements by various officials and requests for a federal declaration of a disaster suggested that some localities had experienced a severe emergency and a crisis because of the heavy snow. On the basis of these and other reports, the Disaster Research Center sent a three-man research team to Columbia, South Carolina. The team stayed three days, from February 26 through February 28, concentrating on storm-associated activities around the state capital of Columbia, and attempting to get answers to three questions: (1) If a disaster had occurred, in what way and bow was the community response coordinated (2) What role did the local civil defense organization play in the coordination and other storm-associated organizational responses; and, (3) To what extent would it be possible in such a kind of situation to assemble documentary data, especially organizational Logs, by which we could reconstruct the sequence of organizational events and actions happening before, during and after a community emergency?
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