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Four Theories of Disaster Acts of God – or Fate Act of Nature – Physical Event Intersection of Society and Nature Avoidable Human Constructions Early Disaster Conceptions Early usage referred to: Unfavorable or negative events, Usually of a personal nature,
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Four Theories of Disaster Acts of God – or Fate Act of Nature – Physical Event Intersection of Society and Nature Avoidable Human Constructions

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Early Disaster Conceptions Early use alluded to: Unfavorable or pessimistic occasions, Usually of an individual nature, Resulting from unfavorable arrangement of the stars and planets. At that point, connected to major physical aggravations.

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Disaster as “Act of God” Earliest (and proceeding with) utilization proposes that Acts of God were seen as heavenly requital for human wrongdoings and failings. (White, et al., 2001)

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Disaster as Divine Retribution  “If there is one voice louder than others in this loathsome occasion it is that of God! Resolved to monitor his Sabbath with desirous consideration, God does not burden aside from with great purpose. The Sabbath of God has been frightfully dishonored by our awesome open organizations. These naughty individuals are really going to have the boldness to modify this extension. Is it not horrendous to feel that they (the travelers) more likely than not been diverted when they were transgressing the law of God.” (Toft, 1992)

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Act of God: Later View Later, regular fiascos as Acts of God came to be seen as: Just the way things were. Some piece of God’s arrangement - couldn't be comprehended by people. Need to simply acknowledge and get on with it. Catastrophes happen- - individuals are the honest casualties.

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Act of God as Excuse to Avoid Responsibility “Soon after the dark surge of water and garbage ground its way down Buffalo Creek, lawyers for the nearby coal organization included called the debacle a ‘act of God.’ When asked what that implied, a representative clarified supportively that the dam was just ‘incapable of holding the water God filled it.’ (Erikson 1989)

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Act of God- - When We Are Spared “Gov. Mike Foster said he’s persuaded Louisiana was saved from significant pulverization from Hurricane Lili by ‘divine intervention’.” (Hasten, 2002)

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Bottom Line. . . Destiny (the stars), God, or human sin is to be faulted for calamities.

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1755 - A Turning Point “The Lisbon seismic tremor can be distinguished as a defining moment in mankind's history which moved the thought of such physical occasions as extraordinary signs toward a more unbiased or even a mainstream, proto-logical causation.” (Dynes, 1997)

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Dynes on State Responsibility “The Lisbon quake was the first current fiasco in which the state acknowledged the obligation regarding assembling the crisis reaction and for creating and actualizing an aggregate exertion for recreation and keeping in mind the end goal to perform that, customary ideas of powerful causation were restricted, rather harshly.” (Dynes, 1997)

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Disaster as Physical Agent “The most punctual specialists in the range, including myself, with minimal cognizant thought and tolerating judgment skills sees, at first acknowledged as a model the thought that debacles were an outside assault upon social frameworks that “broke down” notwithstanding such an attack from outside.” (Quarantelli, 1998b)

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Disaster as Act of Nature “The conventional perspective of characteristic dangers has credited all or all obligation regarding them to the procedures of the geophysical world. This methodology has implied that the main driver of vast scale demise and decimation has been credited to the extremes of nature as opposed to incorporating the human world.” (Tobin and Montz, 1997)

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Bottom Line. . . The unstoppable force of life is at fault.

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Disaster as Intersection of Society and Hazards “Not each windstorm, earth-tremor, or surge of water is a fiasco. A calamity is known by its works; that is to say, by the event of debacle. Inasmuch as the boat rides out the tempest, insofar as the city opposes the earth-stuns, insofar as the levees hold, there is no catastrophe. It is the breakdown of the social assurances that constitutes the debacle fitting .” (Carr, 1932)

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Geophysical versus Societal 1. Normal risks are neither clarified by nor exceptionally subordinate upon the geophysical procedure. 2. Human familiarity with and reaction to regular risks are not reliant exclusively on geophysical conditions. 3. The reasons, elements, and results of common debacles are not clarified by conditions or conduct specific to cataclysmic occasions. (Hewitt, 1983 in Tobin and Montz, 1997)

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Mileti on Placing Blame “What we do most wrong in this nation in the zone of common risks is that we don't possess up to our issues and obligations - we accuse nature or God .” (1998)

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Witt on the Human Component The extensive catastrophe misfortunes we have encountered amid the previous decade “has been the aftereffect of a deadly mix of savage nature and human choices .” (2001)

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Bottom Line. . . People placing themselves in the method for risks are to be faulted.

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Social Creation/Societal Injustice Perspective 1. Concentrating on the powerlessness of individuals to dangers. 2. Seeing as flippant the exploratory (customary) approaches . 3. Taking a gander at fiasco subjectively through the eyes of casualties .

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Social Creation/Societal Injustice Perspective 4. Seeing the general population who experience debacle as the casualties of intense intrigues who have made the conditions driving or adding to their danger weakness. 5. Scanning for accuse . 1.

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Human Culpability View of Disaster “My contention is not just that characteristic fiascos bear an in number human segment, however that people with great influence (legislators; government, state, and city policymakers; and corporate pioneers) have tended to see these occasions [disasters] as absolutely common with an end goal to legitimize an arrangement of reactions that has demonstrated both naturally unsound, and socially, if not ethically, bankrupt.” (Steinberg, 2000)

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Human Culpability View of Disaster “…remember that there is no iron law of catastrophe, that calamity is not predetermination, or more all, that one person’s demonstration of God is—viewed from the point of view of history— only one more example of man’s savagery to man .” (Steinberg, 2000)

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On Unequal Exposure to Risk “…the clarification of debacle causality is just conceivable by comprehension the routes in which social frameworks themselves produce unequal presentation to chance by making a few gatherings of individuals, a few people, and a few social orders more inclined to perils than others. . . ” (Cannon, 1994)

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On The Most Vulnerable “Studies have demonstrated that as a rule it is the weaker gatherings in the public eye that experience the ill effects of calamities: poor people (particularly), the exceptionally youthful and the exceptionally old , ladies , the debilitated , and the individuals who are minimized by race or caste.” (Twigg, 2001)

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“The Extreme” “The most normal clarification [in the social development theory]. . .is that fundamental social powers and procedures are at fault. At the amazing, these incorporate expansive causative assignments, for example, feudalism, which it is asserted is in charge of compelling poor people and feeble. . . into the most unsafe areas. . . to private enterprise and neo-imperialism, which may have the same deciding result for those with the most reduced salaries or political power.” (White, Kates, and Burton, 2001)

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Bottom Line. . . Human Culpability: Disasters are brought upon a few people by different people.

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Quarantelli on Definitional Imprecision “If laborers in the range don't even concur on whether a ‘disaster’ is in a general sense a social development or a physical event, plainly the field has scholarly problems.” (1998)

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Perception Influences Action If Acts of God : Do nothing . On the off chance that Acts of Nature : Combat, control nature with innovation, building, and cash. On the other hand Do nothing (if one does not wish to connect with, is fatalistic, or does not accept there is much or anything one can do).

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Perception Influences Action If Intersection of Society and Nature : Develop human alterations (regulations for building in floodplains, area use administration, and so on.). In the event that Human Culpability : Address underlying drivers of societal bad form and human weakness to perils.

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Implications for Emergency Managers “An occasion of exploitation that may once have been seen as coming about because of a demonstration of God, the wild powers of nature, or sheer misfortune might now be seen has having been brought about by some party’s carelessness. These new elucidations can thus prompt clash, feedback of hierarchical execution, and now and again prosecution. Besides, ind