Role Performance in the Operating System: Civil Defense Operations in Disaster.
IOWA STATE UNIV AMES DEPT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY
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The study introduces a conceptual model of coordinator response to disaster and investigates the response of local coordinators in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and South Dakota to disasters. A total 123 phone screening interviews and 59 personal interviews were completed during the study. Comparison of operational and non-operational disaster coordinators were made on a number of activities that might occur before as well as following a disaster. Responses of operational coordinators to personal interview items were presented in terms of concepts such as disaster, building and operating system role performance, organizational autonomy, uncertainty, role conflict, stress, prestige, communication, warning and need for information. Implications of the research for disaster operations, overall civil defense program, the training of coordinators and for future research were presented. Author
- Sociology and Law