Social memory and resilience in New Orleans

Authors: Colten, Craig1; Sumpter, Amy2

Source: Natural Hazards, Volume 48, Number 3, March 2009 , pp. 355-364(10)

Publisher: Springer

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Abstract:

A key concept in resilience studies is that human societies can learn from hazard events and use their accumulated social memory to better contend with future catastrophes. This article explores the deliberate referral to historical records complied after Hurricane Betsy in 1965 and how they were used to prepare for tropical storms at the time of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Despite proclamations that Louisiana would not repeat its mistakes, hazards planners seriously neglected the historical record.

Keywords: Emergency preparations; Hurricane; Katrina; New Orleans; Resilience; Social memory

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11069-008-9267-x

Affiliations: 1: Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA, Email: ccolten@lsu.edu 2: Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, USA, Email: asumpt1@lsu.edu

Publication date: March 1, 2009

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