|Disasters Preparedness and Mitigation - Issue No. 39 - July, 1989 (PAHO)|
The books referred to below have been abstracted from review copies received from the publisher by the Editor of this Newsletter. Except where noted otherwise, none of the books are available from PAHO. The publisher and the list price (when available) are included at the end of the abstracts for readers who are interested in purchasing the books.
International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute. 40 slides and notes. (English)
The Continuing Education Committee of the The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute has produced a 40 slide program that will facilitate discussions or presentations on natural hazards: floods, volcanos, tsunamis, earthquakes, to name a few. It also includes mitigation strategies for the different types of disasters. These scientific and technical activities are required to achieve the overall goals of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction. The program also includes slides on the opportunities for research and mitigation during the Decade and on assessing the chance and the magnitude of potential losses due to disasters. EERI has many other slide sets including a new one on the Armenia earthquake. Contact them for a complete listing.
- US$50 for members of EERI, $60 for non-members. EERI, 6431 Fairmount Avenue, Suite 7, El Cerrito, California, 94530, USA.
Shared Vulnerability: The Media and American Perceptions of the Bhopal Disaster. Lee Wilkins, Greenwood Press, New York, 161 pp., 1987 (English)
It is difficult the underestimate the influence of the mass media when it comes to shaping public opinion and changing attitudes. This book is part of a series on the Study of the Media and Mass Communications, and explores the coverage given to the Bhopal disaster by the written and electronic media, using criteria such as topics of coverage, sources cited and the difference in coverage among the media. Of particular interest is a discussion of the mass media's contribution to what is called the "doomsday mythology surrounding science" and the author's emphasis on the role of the media in stimulating public debate and promoting efforts to reduce industrial or environmental hazards. While this sound analysis deals with one specific case, it is, nonetheless, food for thought about a trend that is becoming increasingly important to the international management of disasters.
- US$29.95. Greenwood Press Inc., 88 Port Road West, Westport, Connecticut, 06881, U.S.A.