A Comparison of Research and Practice: A Practitioner's View
March 1993 (VOL. 11, NO. 1)
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.