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Families in Disaster: Reactions and Relatives

Thomas E. Drabek and Keith S. Boggs
Journal of Marriage and Family
Vol. 30, No. 3 (Aug., 1968), pp. 443-451
DOI: 10.2307/349914
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/349914
Page Count: 9
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Families in Disaster: Reactions and Relatives
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Abstract

In response to a massive flood which struck the metropolitan area of Denver, Colorado, June 16, 1965, approximately 3,700 families were evacuated from their homes. Interviews with a random sample of 278 of these families indicated that the initial response to warnings was marked disbelief regardless of warning source. Families evacuated as units, and data indicated a strong tendency for them to take refuge in homes of relatives rather than in official centers. This tendency was significantly affected by social class. Data further suggested that interaction between relatives during the warning period increased the likelihood that relative homes would be selected as evacuation points.

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