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Cities and Disasters

1st Edition

Edited by Davia Cox Downey

CRC Press

303 pages | 38 B/W Illus.

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Cities and Disasters presents interdisciplinary and multinational perspectives on emergency management policy, economic development, and the various factors that affect the recovery process after natural disasters strike urban areas. The book has three central themes: policy, urbanity, and the interplay of events after disasters that affect the process of a community’s return to normalcy. It covers differing approaches to emergency management policy at local, state, and federal levels, as well as economic development and redevelopment issues in urban areas. It also analyzes the issues of race and ethnicity involved in urban disaster response and recovery plans.

The book looks at recent catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in East Japan. The case studies highlight the diverse challenges that communities face with regard to emergency planning and response. Given global climate change, rising sea levels, and the increasing impacts of disasters upon people, particularly in densely populated urban areas, there is a clear and urgent necessity to rethink issues involved in preparation methods for disasters and their aftermath. The analyses in Cities and Disasters help guide policymakers and policy actors in making decisions that strengthen communities for the future.


"This is an excellent book that provides several perspectives on and insights into a growing field of study." - W. J. Sproule, Michigan Technological University

Table of Contents


Enhancing Community and Economic Development Postdisaster through the Increased Resilience of Women

Bridgette Cram and Jean-Claude Garcia-Zamor

Nonprofits and Disasters

Grace L. Chikoto

Country Mouse, City Mouse: Exploring the Differences in Rural and Urban Economic Recovery Postdisaster

Davia Cox Downey


Improving the City Resistance in War: Planning the Major Transportation Terminals Based on Passive Defense Considerations

Amir Shakibamanesh and Mahshid Ghorbanian

Return to a State of Nature, Compassionate Conservatism, Failed Response, and Its Impact on Race, Ethnicity, and the U.S. Economy: Hurricane Katrina Case Study

Antoinette S. Christophe and Michael O. Adams


The Big Spill: Who Was to Blame and How Should Government Respond? Citizen Attitudes in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Spill in Coastal Alabama

Michael Howell-Moroney and Kent R. Kerley

How Government’s Actions after a Disaster Affect Long-Term Civic Engagement: Shifting Opportunity and Motivation for Civic Participation in Christchurch, New Zealand

Stephanie Hawke, Jillian Girard, and Jane Carr

Managing for Resilience across Multiple Scales of Action in Joplin, Missouri

Clayton Wukich, David E.A. Johnson, and Michael D. Siciliano

Vulnerabilities Magnified: A Closer Look at Disasters and Displacement

Ann-Margaret Esnard and Alka Sapat


The Historical Aspect of Social Vulnerability in the Lower Ninth Ward

Nada Toueir

Building Back Tremé: Using PPGIS to Evaluate Neighborhood Stability

Michelle M. Thompson, Brittany N. Arceneaux, and Grace E. Major

Clustered and Community-Driven Housing Recovery: Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina to the Great East Japan Earthquake

Tamiyo Kondo

About the Editor

Davia Cox Downey, PhD, is the MPA coordinator and an assistant professor of public administration at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in local politics, public policy, and public administration and has authored and coauthored journal articles, book reviews, and book chapters. Her most recent publication, "Civic Culture in Ottawa: The Endurance of Local Culture," coauthored with Laura A. Reese and Raymond Rosenfeld, can be found in Comparative Civic Culture (Ashgate Publishing, 2012). She has also written "Disaster Recovery in Black and White: A Comparison of New Orleans and Gulfport," published by the American Review of Public Administration in 2014.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disasters & Disaster Relief