Identify three social trends that have caused increases in disasters, both frequency and scope of impact

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Students in Session 1 are required to complete the following questions from the text book “The Human Side of Disaster, Second Edition.

The Human Side of Disaster Chapter 2 Questions

1. The following questions a-d are multiple choice.

a. Which of these social trends has contributed to the increase in disasters?

1) population growth

2) population location, e.g., building in hazardous areas

3) transportation related technology

4) use of hazardous materials in manufacturing

5) all of the above

b. Which of the following developments have contributed to the potential for catastrophic disasters?

1) population growth

2) population location

3) energy related technologies, e.g., nuclear power plants

4) climate change

5) all of the above

c. By the term “hazard,” most researchers refer to:

1) specific disaster events like Hurricane Katrina

2) specific disaster events like the war in Iraq

3) a class of conditions with the potential for harm

4) only disasters caused by technological failure

5) all of the above

d. Which of the following “key principles” characterize the social science knowledge base

1) typicality

2) objectivity

3) patterned variability

4) generalization

5) all of the above

2. Short Answer

a. Identify three social trends that have caused increases in disasters, both frequency and scope of impact

b. Describe three social trends that have increased the potential for catastrophic disasters

c. Identify and explain four key principles that characterize the social science knowledge base regarding disasters

3. Please write a minimum 750 word paper on the following

You are an emergency manager of your local town and are recommending to
build a volunteer team to assist during disasters. Please discuss either CERT,
MRC or both in a letter to your Chief Elected Official/CEO as to your thoughts
on how they can help your town/city/agency strengthen your preparedness,
response and recovery.

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