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Extra resources for Beyond September 11th: An Account of Post-Disaster Research (Program on Environment and Behavior)
In its capacity as state response coordinator, the Department of Oregon Emergency Management asked the Oregon Natural Hazards Workgroup, University of Oregon, to review the nature of state agency communication in light of the need to activate emergency response plans after the September 11th attacks. Focus groups normally bring together a purposive sample of informants to discuss a phenomenon selected by the researcher (Palys, 1997). Participants value the interaction they have with their peers during focus group interviews (Michaels, 1993).
Recruitment of representatives from other disciplines, such as anthropology and psychology, into sociology-dominated teams proved disruptive of team work (Quarantelli, 1994). In an effort to broaden participation in post-disaster research, the Quick Response Research Program at the Natural Hazards Center was initiated in 1982. About half a dozen efforts were funded the first year. The program was inspired by the Disaster Research Center’s investigations into the immediate aftermath of disasters (Tubbesing, 2002).
Rodrigue (2003) chose to analyze the on-line edition of the Los Angeles Times rather than the paper version for representation of the September 11th disaster because it made collecting data easier. She was able to copy and paste headlines and lead sentences into a spreadsheet, eliminating the need to manually retype what was being coded. Information technology is making it possible to conduct quick response research away from the disaster impact site. First, it can expand the frame of impact and response to disaster.
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