Emergence in Salt Lake City: Some Observations
Disaster Research Center
It is difficult to decide whether any classic group emergence occurred in Salt Lake City (SLC). What emergence did occur can probably be best classified as abstract task emergence; Groundwork had been laid for many organizational structures to respond to the flood. The flood was anticipated; it did exceed expectations, however. More city employees worked overtime than was expected, and more volunteers were recruited. A surprising number of city departments and voluntary/church organizations had either formal/informal disaster plans including at least some division of labor and responsibility assignment.
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