Or maybe you see a pattern in my recent reading:
Human system responses to disaster : an inventory of sociological findings / Thomas E. Drabek
Strategies for coordinating disaster responses / Thomas E. Drabek.
Facing hazards and disasters : understanding human dimensions / Committee on Disaster Research in the Social Sciences: Future Challenges and Opportunities, National Research Council
I have to admit that I don't curl up with this stuff quite as readily as I do something with swords and horses, but I've been indignant recently that my department doesn't give the human sides of disaster response the same attention it does the physical system. I decided that at least someone in the department should know how humans evacuate and what makes them build in the path of disaster and whether they will always go back. So I poked around and it turns out that way smart people already know this! I do not have to make up answers from scratch (although I totally would).
Seems like Dr. Drabek is the Grand Old Man in the field. I tracked him back to the University of Colorado Natural Hazards Center, where I signed up for their newsletter and want to go to the conference SO MUCH. Anyway, I will read his books and find out if there is any hope of getting people out of the way of floods. Then I will go to Boulder in early summer and maybe see some of you there.