+Quarantelli, E.L., Disaster Research Center (DRC), University of Delaware, Emergencies, Disasters and Catastrophes Are Different Phenomena (Preliminary Paper no. 304) (2000) (PDF — 443.9kB)
Disasters & the Law
UC Berkeley School of Law
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"In this paper we discuss the differences between emergencies, disasters and catastrophes as these tend to be conceptually differentiated by disaster researchers. As illustrated in the examples below, these are differences that should make a difference in the planning and management activities of any crisis relevant groups."