More than a decade after Hurricane Katrina, three social scientists are still dedicated to compiling survivor experiences, as outlined in this article by Science writer Kelly Servick. Using analytical tools which track financial stability, housing and social interactions, the researchers identified specific factors which affect why people thrived or suffered after the 2005 storm. They intend to apply their results to future catastrophes such as fires, earthquakes and floods. The article will engage and inform anyone interested in mitigating human issues associated with disaster recovery.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why long-term studies of disaster victims’ experiences are valuable;
- Why social scientists wanted to study Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath; and
- What factors affect individual and community resilience to surviving a catastrophe.
About the Author
Kelly Servick is a staff writer for Science.