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Sunday Media Reviews--The Association of Social Justice and Emergency Management

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As the past several posts have advocated:

... in order to do the fully comprehensive job that our served public expects and deserves, we as EM professionals must consider social justice consequences such as poverty and racism. There are many fine resources that you can use to educate yourself on the issues: Here are but a few:

Gender and Climate Change: An Introduction by Irene Dankelman.

Although climate change affects everybody it is not gender neutral. It has significant social impacts and magnifies existing inequalities such as the disparity between women and men in their vulnerability and ability to cope with this global phenomenon ... this book provides students and professionals with an essential, comprehensive introduction to the gender aspects of climate change. (Excerpt courtesy of Amazon.com)

Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina by Hillary Potter et al.

Hurricane Katrina hit land and gravely affected the lives of many people in the states along the Gulf Coast. Katrina went beyond demonstrating the devastating natural effects of a hurricane by exposing the continuing significance of race relations and racial stereotyping in U.S. society.Racing the Storm serves to highlight the race-based perceptions of and responses to Katrina survivors by governmental entities, volunteers, the media, and the general public.

There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina by Gregory Squires and Chester Hartman.

There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster is the first comprehensive critical book on the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans. The disaster will go down on record as one of the worst in American history, not least because of the government’s inept and cavalier response. But it is also a huge story for other reasons; the impact of the hurricane was uneven, and race and class were deeply implicated in the unevenness. Hartman and. Squires assemble two dozen critical scholars and activists who present a multifaceted portrait of the social implications of the disaster. The book covers the response to the disaster and the roles that race and class played, its impact on housing and redevelopment, the historical context of urban disasters in America and the future of economic development in the region.

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If there was ever a 'tip of the iceberg', this is it. Volumes have been written about social justice issues in disaster from every perspective imaginable. So to best serve the public, EDUCATE YOURSELF!

Randall Cuthbert Dr. Randall Cuthbert is a retired APUS Professor of Emergency & Disaster Management. He has also worked as a Red Cross Shelter Supervisor, and spent a 20-year career as a US Air Force Civil Engineer Officer. His blogging interests include: protecting & enhancing the EDM profession in the areas of integrity, honorable public service, and social justice; education regarding the 'big picture' role of EDM in our society; educating our professionals and neighbors with regard to the greatest threat to our civilization--climate change; and in general terms, creating a better world for our children and grandchildren.