Disaster preparedness and response among religious organizations

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dc.contributor Jones, Sharyn
dc.contributor Baker, Lisa R.
dc.contributor.advisor Dressler, William W.
dc.contributor.advisor Cormier, Loretta A.
dc.contributor.author Hesse, Danielle
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:26:14Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:26:14Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000909
dc.identifier.other Hesse_alatus_0004M_11063
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1403
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The purpose of the project was to discover whether or not religious communities were prepared, with both supplies and a plan of action, for disasters and whether or not they provided relief efforts in the aftermath of a disaster. This project also provided insight into the explanations for group preparedness and relief efforts of religious groups and how they coped with natural disasters in accordance with their faiths. From this data, I determined the relationship between religious affiliation and disaster preparedness and response. I used a stratified random sample to gather participants from the Birmingham, Alabama area. A total of 15 participants were used in this study: Baptist (1), Catholic (2), Episcopalian (1), Judaism (2), Jehovah's Witness (1), Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1), Lutheran (3), Methodist (2), and Nondenominational (2). Qualitative interviews were conducted with religious leaders to assess disaster preparedness, if they provided relief efforts after a disaster, the reasons for their actions, and how they cope with natural disasters. The results revealed slightly more than half of the participants were prepared for a disaster with supplies, a disaster plan, or both. Those religious groups which were not prepared stated it was due to the small congregation size or the lack of space for storing disaster supplies. All of the participants stated they provide relief services after disasters occur. The most common services included debris removal, the collection of monetary and clothing donations, and the collection and redistribution of food and water. Religious groups shared a common theme to explain why they provide relief, being that it is part of their faiths mission, beliefs, and/or teachings. Lastly, there was a weak relationship between religious affiliation and how these groups cope with natural disasters.
dc.format.extent 64 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Cultural anthropology
dc.title Disaster preparedness and response among religious organizations
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Anthropology
etdms.degree.discipline Anthropology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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