The Human Side of Disaster
Implications for the Emergency Management Professional

Thomas E. Drabek, Ph.D.
John Evans Professor and Professor, Emeritus
Department of Sociology and Criminology
University of Denver

August 25, 2010

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"Great information! Dr. Drabek takes the complicated and makes it simple."

"Very well done. Dr. Drabek is very knowledgable and articulate. Good presentation and good research."
Charlie Hanson

"Thanks for the clear thinking."
Mathew Francis

"Excellent presentation and look forward to reading the book. Thanks."

"We need more thinking, talking and sharing along these lines. Down with mindless programs such as 'National Preparedness Month' -- up with informed discussions such as these."
Lynette Miller
Maine Emergency Management Agency

"Thank you. Very informative and thought provoking."
Michael Farinacci

Dr. Jacqueline McBride
International Network of Women in Emergency Management

"The session was very informative and a most useful tool in presenting it that allows a far greater response from participants."

"A great and timely program...the book is a must have on every emergency managers to read list."
Ellis Stanley

"Excellent presentation."
Russell Strickland
Johns Hopkins Univ Applied Physics Lab

"I am a big supporter of the human components in emergency management. I would have preferred a different approach to presenting the material. I felt during the first 10 minutes of the webinar as if I was attending an info-mercial for purchasing the book rather than gaining a deeper understanding of the topic and material. Although, later on much of the dialogue was very interesting. This being said, I will more than likely purchase the book because it is a topic of great interest."

"I, like the Doctor, have about 40 years of experience in this field. My experience is from the practical and hands-on areas of disaster response. His points are well taken, but seem to be long term solutions to the current situation, which may I add have been tried over and over in my life span. While important, the recommendations and examples used in this presentation will not work on any large scale until we work on the individuals in any given community to recognize the importance of emergency preparedness in their individual family unit."

"Thank you for arranging this valuable presentation. Eight participants from Kwantlen Polytechnic University were attached to my sign on (group A/V presentation). All were appreciative of the topic and Dr. Drabek's presentation."
Guy Corriveau
Kwantlen Polytechnic University

"Great show! I need to learn how to look at your archives. I would like to show this presentation to my director."
Daniel Hahn
Santa Rosa County Division of Emergency Management

"Excellent seminar. Thank you!"
Candy Adams

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Thomas E. Drabek completed his graduate education at The Ohio State University Department of Sociology and Anthropology in 1965. During his last two years at OSU he was a full-time staff member of the Disaster Research Center. He is an Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Denver. He was a faculty member there from 1965 to 2004. He was department chair (1974-1979 and 1985-1987). Upon his retirement in 2004, he was awarded Emeritus status and continues his research on a part-time basis. In 1993, he was awarded a John Evans Professorship which continues to provide modest funding for his research.

His research has examined group and organizational responses to large-scale disasters. He has authored or co-authored over 100 book chapters and journal articles and 27 books. He served as the co-editor of the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (1986-1990) and was elected President of the International Sociological Association's Research Committee on Disasters (1990-1994). He prepared four Instructor Guides for the Emergency Management Institute, Federal Emergency Management Agency: Sociology of Disaster (1996); The Social Dimensions of Disaster (1996); Emergency Management Principles and Application for Tourism, Hospitality, and Travel Management Industries (2000, co-authored with Chuck Y. Gee); and Social Dimensions of Disaster, 2nd ed. (2004).

In August, 2007 he was the third recipient of The E.L. Quarantelli Award For Contributions to Social Science Disaster Theory by the International Research Committee on Disasters. In June, 2008, he received the first Dr. B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management Higher Education. He frequently lectured at academic and emergency management workshops and conventions throughout the U.S.A. and in such other places as Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal, Canada; Mt. Macedon, Canberra and Sydney, Australia; Wellington, New Zealand; Geneva, Switzerland; Messina, Italy, Bielefeld, Germany; London, England and Bangkok, Thailand.