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Disaster Type. A curfew was instituted for those who ignored evacuation orders or could not leave the city. Began organizing field notes with help of laptop computer. In addition, damaged hotels and piers created a long-term impact through lack of tourism—an industry the island relies on. When the nuclear incident began at Three Mile Island, near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania in , certain emergency personnel and political leaders cautioned nearby residents that there was no need to panic. Police departments usually talk about the fear and incidence of looting, the media report stories of its occurrence, and governors call out the National Guard to "protect against" it. Some communities found their local print and broadcast media to be quite useful in helping them prepare for and response to Georges. Thus we tend to see the building that has been damaged most severely, conveying the image that this is typical of the damage sustained in the entire community. Wenger, Dennis. Pass systems are typically developed to keep individuals from entering the stricken area in order to keep looters out. Their least likely choice is the high school gym, the usual evacuation site provided by the community.

Survivors are often believed to exist in a state of shock as a result of their experience Fischer, Monitored print and broadcast media reporting between and a. The high surge overtook the building where the male was located and he sought refuge in a tree once the building was destroyed.

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In recent decades, the national print media has devoted an increasing number of column inches to disaster reporting.

He toured the impacted areas of Gulfport, Biloxi, and Pascagoula.

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Survivors share their tools, their food, their equipment, and especially their time. Sometimes the same people are counted two or more times. Myers, Mary Fran. The maximal rainfall was up to 6. When the disaster was technological in nature, e. Visited Biloxi municipal EOC but found it to be closed. While hurricane force winds were felt from New Orleans to Panama City, Florida, the most severe sustained wind and wind gusts were reserved for the Mississippi Gulf coast. College of Administrative Science. Arriving a half hour before the scheduled press conference he found several local emergency management personnel present and began to conduct interviews. Returned to Pascagoula as river was reported as rising due to upstream flooding. The greatest change may be found among the national media, particularly the television networks. Accuracy was therefore dependent upon the degree to which local officials subscribed to an accurate or mythical view of the behavioral response to disasters. As a result, the weather was exaggerated; evacuation rates and the number of sheltered evacuees were exaggerated. These factors include the type of news coverage, the interview incidence within a news story, the disaster period being reported on, the news hole size, and the disaster type.

Regardless of whether our perception is accurate or not, we respond on the basis of it being real. It should not surprise the reader to learn that when the reporter has more time or space in which to enumerate the activities reported by the survivors, the myth tally increases.

Many people refuse to evacuate because they fear their property will be stolen. Post Impact Period. Such extremely exaggerated reporting is far less likely to occur today.

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Media and emergency management personnel were interviewed. A curfew was instituted for those who ignored evacuation orders or could not leave the city. After locating the Jackson County EOC in Pascagoula, he interviewed the assistant to the Civil Defense director and the county public information officer. Wenger, Dennis. Accuracy was therefore dependent upon the degree to which local officials subscribed to an accurate or mythical view of the behavioral response to disasters. He is buried under the debris. Insured property damage was estimated to have cost 2. Is a difference observed between the reporting accuracy and organizational style of local versus national print and broadcast media? Quarantelli, E.

The next most likely alternative is staying in a motel. When the disaster was technological in nature, e. Thomas Airport.

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