Anticipating Organizational Evacuations: Disaster Planning By Managers of Tourist-Oriented Private Firms

August 1991 (VOL. 9, NO. 2)

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Every year thousands of people temporarily relocate prior to the threat of major disasters. Social science research has been applied to enhance the effectiveness of multiorganizational warning systems. Much remains unknown, however. This paper presents findings from the first major study of disaster evacuation planning and decision making behavior by business executives responsible for tourist oriented firms. Two questions are explored: 1. What is the extent of disaster evacuation planning? and 2. What factors account for the variation in these planning initiatives?