DECISION-MAKING AFTER DISASTERS: RESPONDING TO THE NORTHRIDGE EARTHQUAKE

In February 1994, the Northridge earthquake in Los Angeles provided an opportunity to ask if organizations enjoy a period of mutual respect during crises as people often do. If they can adapt to crises, can they also improve their day-to-day functioning afterward? It became possible to compare the Northridge earthquake with reactions to the October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area, which was studied at UC-Berkeley. The authors at UCLA reviewed the memos, technical documents, contracts, and agreements executed during the earthquakes, plus media reports and transcripts of hearings held by various legislative bodies. They also reviewed literature on disaster response and preparedness, which goes far beyond specific transportation issues, and interviewed approximately forty people who played critical roles during California's two most recent major earthquakes.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 24-29
  • Serial:
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    • Issue Number: 8
    • Publisher: University of California Transportation Center (UCTC)

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721829
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 3 1996 12:00AM