Community-level resiliency intervention in a post-disaster environment

The importance of information

Authored by: Sandra Prince-Embury

The Routledge International Handbook of Psychosocial Resilience

Print publication date:  August  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138954878
eBook ISBN: 9781315666716
Adobe ISBN: 9781317355946


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This chapter presents a case illustration of a community-level intervention in a post-disaster environment, mindful of core aspects of resilience. The intervention described is the Three Mile Island (TMI) Health and Environmental Information Series, a community course developed to provide information pertaining to unanswered questions that had remained among TMI community members since the March 28, 1979, nuclear accident at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Facility. This intervention is described within the context of unique post-disaster psychosocial circumstances of the community at that time that contributed to chronic stress. These conditions included lack of clear, understandable information about the accident and its aftermath as well as loss of faith in experts associated with conflicting and incomplete information delivered by officials at the time of the accident. This experience has been referred to as an “information crisis” in the literature.

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