This book rejects the victim theory of disaster and embraces the development of resilient or adaptive capacities in the event of a natural disaster. In order for this to occur, the authors purport the need to define what resilience is and more importantly, how it can be developed not only in individuals but in communities. Further, they suggest that because a disaster affects all levels of society, resilience must be conceptualized and operationalized in a comprehensive, inter-related, systematic way. The aim of the text is to present topics that provide a broad overview of the issues that societies must address in the event of the unthinkable - a major disaster in a community. The contents include extensive research and practical experience of contributors from a variety of relevant disciplines and backgrounds. As a result, the book is of interest to a diverse audience including emergency management organizations, rescue agencies, the armed forces, researchers, academic institutions, medical, psychology, counseling and pastoral centers, and the media.
Kathleen Kowalski-Trakofler, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Pittsburgh Research Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA