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Title: Vulnerability of Community Businesses to Environmental Disasters
Author(s): Zhang, Yang; Lindell, Michael K.; Prater, Carla S.
Subject(s): MAE Center Vulnerability Disasters Business Disaster Planning Post-Disaster Recovery
Abstract: Business plays important roles in community functioning. However, disaster research has been disproportionately focusing on units of analysis such as families, households, and government agencies. This paper synthesizes the major findings within the business development research field and those within the disaster research field. It constructs a research framework for evaluating business vulnerability to natural disasters. Our theoretical integration of the research conducted to date addresses five major issues. First, it defines the ways in which businesses are subject to the impacts of natural disasters. Second, it identifies the factors that determine the magnitude of business impacts after a disaster. Third, it identifies how and when businesses will return to their pre-disaster level in the disaster stricken community. Fourth, it outlines how business impacts interact with other aspects of community impacts (i.e. socio-demographic impacts) of natural disasters? Fifth, it discusses which business sectors are winners and which are losers in response to a natural disaster in terms of how to measure business losses or gains.
Issue Date: 2007-06
Publisher: Mid-America Earthquake Center
Citation Info: 604. Zhang, Y., Lindell, M.K., Prater, C.S. (2007). “Vulnerability of Community Businesses to Environmental Disasters,” Mid-America Earthquake Center, University of Illinois, CD Release 07-12, June.
Series/Report: MAE Center CD Release 07-12
Type: Text
Language: English
Publication Status: published or submitted for publication
Sponsor: National Science Foundation EEC-9701785National Science Foundation CMS 0219155
Date Available in IDEALS: 2008-08-19

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