In the Wake of Hurricane Isaac

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Rutgers-Newark Expert Can Discuss Municipal and Institutional Responses to Disasters and Crises

The Atlantic hurricane season is officially June 1 through November 30, and to date, we already have experienced 12 tropical storms or hurricanes for 2012: Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk and Leslie. With state of the art satellites and Doppler radars, we now know many days in advance of the presence of a threatening storm. Once a hurricane has been detected, decisions must be made and actions taken relating to voluntary and mandatory evacuations, support of and from first-responders, disaster relief mobilization, and declarations of states of emergency.

Associate Professor Kyle Farmbry has published a new book Crisis, Disaster, and Risk: Institutional Response and Emergence (M. E. Sharpe Inc.), which examines the history of natural disasters, health crises, and crises in the fields of technology and science and explores the interactions of theories of risk associated with each event. Farmbry is available to talk to the media about his findings and observations as they relate to municipal and institutional responses to disasters and crises. His profile is posted at

TO REACH PROF. FARMBRY: and 973-353-5834 (office).

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