Binding together is crucial
December 9, 2019

Binding together is crucial

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Can we bounce forward instead of back from disaster?

Disaster literature usually talks about “bouncing back post-disaster”. This paper invites us instead to look at ‘bouncing forward’ towards creating new norms, linking resources of different sectors and empowering our children as distributors of disaster information.

🥥Ahangama, N., & Prasanna, R. (2015). Disaster Risk Management and Resilience: What Remains Untouched?. NSBM Journal of Management. 1(1), 52-72

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Ngai Tahu as kaitiaki of their rohe, post-Canterbury earthquake

Ngai Tahu already had existing connections -- connections that operated outside of the ‘formal’ response sector that ensured that no resident was neglected.

🥥Kenney, C., & Phibbs, SR. (2015). A Māori love story: Community-led disaster management in response to the Ōtautahi (Christchurch) earthquakes as a framework for action. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. 37(in press), 1-10

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A child’s way of coping after the 2011 Canterbury earthquake

Conversations with children found that they were less materialistic and focused more on their relationships with others, after surviving the earthquake and its aftershocks. Managing their emotions by putting a positive spin on their situations also helped them through. 

🥥Mooney, M., Tarrant, R., Paton, D., Johal, S., Johnston, D. (2017). Getting through: Children’s effective coping and adaptation in the context of the Canterbury, New Zealand, Earthquakes of 2010-2012. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies. 21:19-30.

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🌴 Interesting Fact: Did you know that flooding can affect a persons wellbeing?

To most, rain is seen as ‘showers of blessings’. But what happens when rain becomes torrential downpour and is then accompanied by flooding? This paper shows how flooding can create unmanageable levels of anxiety and stress when it becomes constant.

🥥Johal, S., & Mounsey, Z. (2016). A research-based primer on the potential psychosocial impacts of flooding. Disaster Prevention and Management. 25(1), 104-110

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How do disasters affect the healthcare professionals who are heavily involved in the disaster response?

Most find it emotionally draining but feel reluctant to ask for professional help, because of their role as helpers to those in need.

🥥Johal, SS., & Mounsey, ZR. (2017). Recovering from disaster: Comparing the experiences of nurses and general practitioners after the Canterbury, New Zealand earthquake sequence 2010–2011. Nursing and Health Sciences. 19(1), 29-34

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