A Report On The Activities Of The Disaster Research Center (DRC)

Dynes, Russell R.
Quarantelli, E. L.
Taylor, Verta A.
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Disaster Research Center
At the time of its founding the Center as its major research objective the analyzing of emergency organizations and their response to, as well as prior planning for, large scale community emergencies, particularly where a natural disaster agent was involved. This focus was taken because, while there had been prior studies of disaster responses, they had primarily focused on the victim. Practically no attention had been given to the activities of the emergency organizations in the community, even though the actions of such groups generally determine the efficiency and effectiveness of the reactions in the emergency period. In a basic sense, this focus on organizations during the emergency period has continued to be the major focus in most of the studies undertaken by the Center.
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