The "New" Individual in Disaster

  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Virginia Emergency Management Association & Virginia Department of Emergency Management
  • Disaster Relief

This presentation looks at the "changing" role of the individual in disasters; specifically, what factors affect or influence the individual. Disasters impact people regardless of their background, ethnicity, age and demographic characteristics. The weight of impact can be "profoundly discriminatory", with vulnerable populations the most adversely affected (Donner & Rodríguez 2016).Understanding the influences will help develop effective community engagement and preparedness messaging initiatives.