Friday, November 2, 2012

Expectations

I think I'm more curious than anything about how expectations played into disaster experience -- we haven't discussed this too much in class, but the days of weather predictions seem like something unique about a hurricane that a terrorist event or an earthquake wouldn't have. Most of us who were in New Haven had the experience shaped entirely by what we expected the storm to be like from news outlets, Yale Office of Emergency Management emails, and memories of Irene last year, while NYC had an expected storm surge of less than 10 ft and got one that was over 15ft, with likely more flooding and power outages than expected. Are disasters in the age of The Weather Channel experienced in a different way than a flood in 1889 would because we have different expectations? Do warning systems help us prepare but make us more anxious about what will happen?

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