Monday, October 29, 2012
Hurricane Sandy and Hurricane Diversity
A hurricane provides a good example of how people react to to disasters. The ways I have observed include:
1. Ignore the problem
This is the most common. Many people simply refuse to acknowledge that the storm is approaching.
2. Trivialize or embrace the disaster
In 1969 Hurricane Camille approached Mississippi. According to the lore, a party was thrown on the beach to celebrate the on-coming storm. Of the 23 people that attended the party, eight were killed.
These are the people who claim "worse is better" and that there is no hope.
These are the people that take active measure to help survive the on-coming disaster.