A Study of Warning and Response in Ten Colorado Communities During the Floods of June 1965

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Disaster Research Center
It is helpful in studying disasters to be able to generalize about many types of disasters. It is possible to talk about disaster threats in terms that apply equally wel1 to a flood, tornado, earthquake, or civil disturbance. This can be done because while there are differences between the several types of threats, there are also many similarities. Thus, in this report we may talk about the "warning process" in terms that will apply not only to floods, but, with a little adaptation, to most disaster situations. In this introduction some time is spent discussing the most important variables of disaster stiuations. By specifying these variables, we can make important distinctions among disaster situations and also relate them to other social phenomena such as chronic social problems or gradual social trends. A second section of the introduction is devoted to a discussion of warning as a process. The three stages of the warning process are outlined. The matter of response, as it relates to warnlng, is also considered. The third section of the introduction informs the reader about the techniques of data collection that were used in gathering material for this study.
warning, response, floods, Colorado, communities