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Surviving Disaster

The Role of Social Networks

Edited by Robin L. Ersing and Kathleen A. Kost

Publication Date - 01 July 2012

ISBN: 9780190616182

128 pages
6.1 x 8.7 inches


Disasters both man-made and natural strike every population. Some communities are more resilient than others. Surviving Disaster: The Role of Social Networks is a timely tool for disaster planning and relief efforts, exploring the impact community ties-strong and weak-have on response to and recovery from disasters. The book covers the basics of disaster response and the role of social networks, providing essential terminology, theories, analysis, and case examples, with descriptions of methods that worked and did not work for a variety of populations facing different types of disasters within and outside the United States.


  • Case examples of different types of disasters
  • Details of effective and ineffective community responses
  • Specific content on tornadoes in rural areas

About the Author(s)

Robin L. Ersing (MSW, PhD, State University of New York, Buffalo) is associate professor of social work at the University of South Florida, Tampa. She has a passionate interest in disaster recovery and prevention research and has published on the subject many times.

Kathleen A. Kost (MA, MSSW, PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison) is associate professor of social work at State University of New York, Buffalo. She has been a consultant and program evaluator for more than twenty years.

Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Approaching Practice: Social Networks in the Context of Disasters, Robin L. Ersing and Kathleen A. Kost
    Chapter 2. A Social Network Approach to Disaster Planning: Implications to Mitigation and Response, Dhrubodhi Mukherjee and Hussein H. Soliman
    Chapter 3. Building and Maintaining Social Networks: Application of the Community Readiness Model, Kathleen A. Kost and Ruth W. Edwards
    Chapter 4. And the Winds Came: Tornado Disaster Recovery in Rural Wyoming, Susan Markus
    Chapter 5. Hurricane Evacuation among Mobile Home Residents in Florida: The Complex Role of Social Networks, Margarethe Kusenbach and Carylanna Taylor
    Chapter 6. The Role of Leadership in Disaster Relief and Management, Golam M. Mathbor and Kathleen A. Kost
    Chapter 7. Using Social Networks to Build Disaster Resilient Communities: The Strategy of CODE ONE, Robin L. Ersing

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