Accession Number : AD0714991

Title :   The Warning System in Disaster Situations: A Selective Analysis.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : OHIO STATE UNIV COLUMBUS DISASTER RESEARCH CENTER

Personal Author(s) : McLuckie,Benjamin F.

Report Date : JUL 1970

Pagination or Media Count : 78

Abstract : In many ways warning can be the most important phase of the disaster response. Warning is thought of not just in terms of mechanical devices but in terms of psychological and sociological structures and processes. Warning is not only advance notification of the existence of danger but also information about what can be done to prevent, avoid, or minimize the danger. The characteristics of the disaster agent -- frequency, speed of onset, scope of impact, destructive potential, etc. -- affect the warning process. Before a warning message can be issued, threat data must be collected, collated, and evaluated. The report examines what is involved in these processes. Included among the factors influencing response are the socio-cultural framework, the historical setting, and the immediate ongoing social situation. The report contains a discussion of implications for nuclear catastrophe. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*DISASTERS, *WARNING SYSTEMS), CIVIL DEFENSE, SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, REACTION(PSYCHOLOGY), FACTOR ANALYSIS, CLASSIFICATION, STATISTICAL DATA, TIME, MANAGEMENT PLANNING AND CONTROL, DAMAGE, CONTROL SYSTEMS, THREAT EVALUATION, DECISION MAKING, DATA PROCESSING, COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS

Subject Categories : Sociology and Law
      Safety Engineering
      Civil Defense

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE