After Hurricane Floyd Passed: Investigating the Social Determinants of Disaster Preparedness and Recovery

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In September 1999, Hurricane Floyd struck eastern North Carolina. Investigators from the health promotion study “Health Works for Women/Health Works in the Community” responded by initiating a focused research study, “Health Works After the Flood.” Participatory research involving a multilevel design and qualitative methods was applied to investigate how community preparedness, response, and recovery are affected by social factors such as social capital, social cohesion, and collective efficacy. This article presents evidence from qualitative research conducted for “Health Works After the Flood” and links these findings to observations regarding current conceptualizations of social capital and related concepts.

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