A Comparison of Research and Practice: A Practitioner's View

March 1993 (VOL. 11, NO. 1)

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This paper compares known research and emergency management practice, and demonstrates the need and success of applying research to dispel common misconceptions about disaster-related behavior. I draw upon the experience of Fort Worth-Tarrant County Emergency Management practitioners to compare to research findings. Specifically, I discuss reactions to warnings, evacuation behavior and the use of shelters. Also, I incorporate my experience in planning for the disabled in emergencies to further illustrate my points.