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Disaster research for the hurricane Sandy impact area: a select bibliography.

There, undoubtedly, will be a flurry of research activity in the 'Superstorm' Sandy impact area on a myriad of disaster-related topics, across academic disciplines. This study, based on a content analysis procedure, identified key articles on hurricanes based on the extant literature indexed in the database PsycINFO. Of the 1,408 references identified, 1000 were articles. The author developed a bibliography of 61 key citations to articles, categorized across select topical areas, based on issues central to investigatory efforts of researchers and policymakers in the Hurricane Sandy impact zone.


The field of disaster studies has grown at an exponential pace over the past 30 years and, accordingly, the knowledge base of the field is presently quite voluminous (Rodriguez et al., 2007)). However, research on the human impact of hurricanes is a more recent phenomenon in the social sciences. Hurricane Katrina, in 2005, spurred on exponential growth in investigatory disaster research across all the social sciences. For a perspective, a keyword search for the term Hurricane in the database PsycINFO in 1985 yielded just 10 hits; today, this search would identify over 1,400 reference citations.

Current Study

Hurricane Sandy (October 30, 2012), a category 1 'super' storm, produced untold destruction on the U.S. east coast, particularly New Jersey and greater New York City coastal areas. The purpose of this article is to provide a bibliography of key peer-reviewed research studies on the human, social, health, organizational, and policy aspects of hurricanes. Such research references provide a concise listing of highly-relevant articles for researchers, professional practitioners, and policymakers in the Hurricane Sandy impact areas. To that end, the database PsycINFO was searched as this file is considered the premier bibliographic source for literature in the behavioral and social sciences. Moreover, PsycINFO indexes periodicals in the social, health-related, and policy fields.

The author conducted a keyword (i.e., All Fields) search, inputting the term "Hurricane", on March 10, 2013. This operation yielded 1,410 citations, of which 1000 were journal articles that appear in peer-reviewed periodicals. These 1000 references were then reviewed for their saliency as a robust, major reference (the intent was to select articles that were both well-researched and informative). Thus, the articles that appeared to be most helpful and useful to researchers, practitioners, and policymakers were selected for inclusion. A typology of 13 focus areas served as a template for categorization. Table 1 shows the reference citations to the 61 articles across these typologies.

These results reflect literature mainly in social sciences; obviously, bibliometric analyses of medical or business scholarly databases would identify adjutant studies in these areas.


Bibliometric research, based on a content analysis of the extant literature, can serve a pedagogic function in that key references on a specific issue can be presented in a typological framework. The current analysis provides both scholars and policymakers a research compendium of articles that address major concerns in dealing with the individual, social, and organizational aspects of the impact of hurricanes on a populated region. In addition, the bibliography includes literature on the governmental response to recent hurricanes (see Piotrowski 2006; Piotrowski & Armstrong, 1998). At the same time, this study complements recent interest in how informetrics informs disaster science (Liu et al., 2012; Magnone, 2012). Future studies using content analysis methods applied to books on natural disasters could identify research areas of neglect in the field.


Liu, X., Zhan, F.B., Hong, S., Niu, B., & Liu,Y. (2012). A bibliometric study of earthquake research: 1900-2010.Scientometrics,92,747-765.

Magnone, E. (2012). An analysis for estimating the short-term effects of Japan's triple disaster on progress in materials science. Journal of Informatics, 6,289-297.

Piotrowski, C. (2006). Hurricane Katrina and organization development: Part 1. Implications of chaos theory. Organization Development Journal, 24(3), 10-19.

Piotrowski, C., & Armstrong, T. (1998). Satisfaction with relief agencies during hurricanes Erin and Opal. Psychological Reports, 82,413-414.

Rodriguez, H., Quarantelli, E.L., & Dynes, R. (2007). Handbook of disaster research. New York: Springer.

Chris Piotrowski, research consultant, University of West Florida.

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Dr. Chris Piotrowski at
Table 1

Citations to Articles across Topical Areas in Hurricane Research in
the PsycINFO database (March 2013)


Meyer, R.J. (2012). Failing to learn from experience about
catastrophes: The case of hurricane preparedness. Journal of Risk &
Uncertainty, 45(1), 25-50. Nepal, V., et al. (2012). Disaster
preparedness of linguistically isolated populations:

Practical issues for planners. Health Promotion & Practice, 13(2),
265-271. Yun, K., et al. (2010). Moving mental health into the
disaster preparedness spotlight.

New England Journal of Medicine, 363(13), Sept. 23, 1193-1195.

Risk Factors

Sakura, K., et al. (2011). Customers' views toward the insurance
industry response post-hurricane. Organization Development Journal,
29(4), 33-52.

Zahran, S., et al. (2011). Economics of disaster risk, social
vulnerability, and mental health resilience. Risk Analysis, 31(7),

Lindell, M.K., & Huang, S.N. (2008). Households' perceived personal
risk and responses in a multi-hazard environment. Risk Analysis,
28(2), 539-556.

Crisis Communication

Veil, S.R., & Husted, R.A. (2012). Best practices as an assessment
for crisis communication. Journal of Communication Management,
16(2), 131-145.

Aten, J.D., & Topping, S. (2010). An online social networking
disaster preparedness tool for faith communities. Psychological
Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2(2), 130-134.

Doerfel, M.L., et al. (2010). The evolutionary role of
inter-organizational communication: Modeling social capital in
disaster contexts. Human Communication Research, 36(2), 125-162.

Macias, W., et al. (2009). Blog functions as risk and crisis
communication during Hurricane Katrina. Journal of
Computer-mediated Communication, 15 (1), 1-31.

Thelwall, M., & Stuart, D. (2007). RUOK? Blogging communication
technologies during crises. Journal of Computer-mediated
Communication, 12(2), 523-548.


Castle, N.G., & Engberg, J.B. (2011). The health consequences of
relocation for nursing home residents following Hurricane Katrina.
Research on Aging, 33(6), 661-687.

Stein, R.M., et al. (2010). Who evacuates when hurricanes approach?
The role of risk, information, and location. Social Sciences
Quarterly, 91 (3), 816-834.

Homey, J., et al. (2010). Individual, actual, or perceived property
flood risk: Did it predict evacuation from Hurricane Isabel in
North Carolina, 2003. Risk Analysis, 30(3), 501-511.

Kang, J.E., et al. (2007). Hurricane evacuation expectations and
actual behavior in Hurricane Lili. Journal of Applied Social
Psychology, 37(4), 887-903.

Dombrowski, M., et al. (2006). Predicting emergency evacuation and
sheltering behavior: A structured analytical approach. Risk
Analysis, 26(6), 1675-1688.

Arlikatti, S., et al. (2006). Risk area accuracy and hurricane
evacuation expectations of coastal residents. Environment and
Behavior, 38(2), 226-247.


Yamashita, J. (2012). A review of psychosocial aspects for disaster
mental health studies. Psychological Trauma, 4(6), 560-567.

Dugan, B. (2007). Loss of identity in disaster: How do you say
goodbye to home? Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 43(1), 41-46.

Elliott, J.R., & Pais, J. (2006). Race, class, and Hurricane
Katrina: Social differences in human responses to disaster. Social
Science Research, 35(2), 295-321.

Bourque, L.B., et al. (2006). Weathering the storm: The impact of
hurricanes on physical and mental health. Annals of the American
Academy of Political and Social Science, 604, 129-150.

Peguero, A. (2006). Latino disaster vulnerability: The
dissemination of hurricane mitigation information among Florida's
homeowners. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 28(1), 5-22.

Community Recovery

Storr, V.H., & Haeffele-Balch, S. (2012). Post-disaster community
recovery in heterogeneous, loosely connected communities. Review of
Social Economy, 70(3), 295-314.

Bartley, A.G. (2007). Confronting the realities of volunteering for
a natural disaster. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29(1),

Scurfield, R.M. (2006). Post-Katrina aftermath and helpful
interventions on the Mississippi gulf coast. Traumatology, 12(2),

Rodriguez, H., et al. (2006). Rising to the challenges of a
catastrophe: The emergent and prosocial behavior following
Hurricane Katrina. Annals of the American Academy of Political and
Social Science, 604, 82-101.

Recovery-Human Populations

Hrostowski, S., & Rehner, T. (2012). Five years later: Resiliency
among older adult survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of
Gerontological Social Work, 55(4), 337-351.

Many, M., et al. (2012). The function of avoidance in improving
understanding of disaster recovery. Journal of Human Behavior in
the Social Environment, 22(4), 436-450.

Cherry, K.E., et al. (2011). Longitudinal assessment of cognitive
and psychosocial functioning after Hurricane Katrina and Rita:
Exploring disaster impact on middle-aged, older, and oldest-old
adults. Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 16(3-4),

Henderson, T.L., et al. (2010). Older adults' responses to
Hurricane Katrina: Daily hassles and coping strategies. Journal of
Applied Gerontology, 29(1), 48-69.

Stough, L.M., et al. (2010). Disaster case management and
individuals with disabilities. Rehabilitation Psychology, 55(30),

Aciemo, R., et al. (2006). Risk and protective factors for
psychopathology among older versus younger adults after the 2004
Florida hurricanes. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry,
14(12), 1051-1059.


La Greca, A.M., et al. (2010). Hurricane-related exposure and
stressors, other life events, and social support: Concurrent and
prospective impact on children's persistent posttraumatic stress
symptoms. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78(6),

Kronenberg, M.E., et al. (2010). Children of Katrina: Lessons
learned about post-disaster symptoms and recovery patterns. Child
Development, 81(4), 1241-1259.

Terranova, A.M., et al. (2009). Factors influencing the course of
posttraumatic stress following a natural disaster: Children's
reactions to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Applied Developmental
Psychology, 30(3), 344-355.

Burnham, J., et al. (2008). Examining children's fears in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 7(4),

Prinstein, M.J., et al. (1996). Children's coping assistance: How
parents, teachers, and friends help children cope after a natural
disaster. Journal of Clinical Child Psychology, 25(4), 463-475.

Vernberg, E.M., et al. (1996). Prediction of posttraumatic stress
symptoms in children after Hurricane Andrew. Journal of Abnormal
Psychology, 105 (2), 237-248.

Hardin, S .B., et al. (1994). Psychological distress of adolescents
exposed to Hurricane Hugo. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 7(3),


Green, G., et al. (2012). What can multiwave studies teach us about
disaster research?: An analysis of low-income Hurricane Katrina
survivors. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25(3), 299-306.

Durant, TJ. (2011). The utility of vulnerability and social capital
theories in studying the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the
elderly. Journal of Family Issues, 32(10), 1285-1302.

Benight, C.C., et al. (1999). Psychometric properties of a
hurricane coping self-efficacy measure. Journal of Traumatic
Stress, 12(2), 379-386.

Business & Commerce

Liu, C., et al. (2012). Post-disaster coping and recovery: The role
of perceived changes in the retail facilities. Journal of Business
Research, 65(5), 641-647.

Linnenluecke, M.K., et al. (2012). Extreme weather events and the
critical importance of anticipatory adaptation and organizational
resilience in responding to impacts. Business Strategy and the
Environment, 21(1), 17-32.

Corey, C.M., & Deitch, E.A. (2011). Factors affecting business
recovery immediately after Hurricane Katrina. Journal of
Contingencies & Crisis Management, 19(3), 169-181.

Runyan, R.C. (2006). Small business in the face of crisis:
Identifying barriers to recovery from a natural disaster. Journal
of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 14(1), 12-26.

Piotrowski, C., et al. (1997). Stress factors in the aftermath of
hurricanes Erin and Opal: Data from small business owners.
Psychological Reports, 80, 1387-1391.

Sanchez, J., et al. (1995). Corporate support in the aftermath of a
natural disaster: Effects on employee strains. Academy of
Management Journal, 38(2), 504-521.

School Settings

Nastasi, B .K., et al. (2011). School-based mental health services
in post-disaster contexts: A public health framework. School
Psychology International, 32(5), 533-552.

Overstreet, S., et al. (2010).A school-based assessment of
secondary stressors and adolescent mental health 18 months
post-Katrina. Journal of School Psychology, 48(5), 413-431.

Piotrowski, C., & Vodanovich, S. (2008). Hurricane Ivan: A case
study of university faculty in crisis management. Organization
Development Journal, 26(2), 25-31.

Health Issues

Lu, A. (2011). Stress and physical health deterioration in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and Rita. Sociological Perspectives,
54(2), 229-250.

Toldson, I.A., et al. (2011). Examining the long-term racial
disparities in health and economic conditions among Hurricane
Katrina survivors: Policy implications of Gulf Coast recovery.
Journal of Black Studies, 42(3), 360-378.

Ruggiero, K.J., et al. (2009). Social and psychological resources
associated with health status in a representative sample of adults
affected by the 2004 Florida hurricanes. Psychiatry: Interpersonal
& Biological Processes, 72(2), 195-210.

Polusny, M.H., et al. (2008). PTSD symptom clusters associated with
physical health and health care utilization in rural primary care
patients exposed to natural disaster. Journal of Traumatic Stress,
21 (10), 75-82.

Mack, D., et al. (2007). Mitigating the health effects of disasters
for medically underserved populations: Electronic health records,
telemedicine, research, screening, and surveillance. Journal of
Health Care for the Poor & Underserved, 18(2), 432-442.


Meier, K.J. (2010). I've seen fire and I've seen pain: Public
management and performance after a natural disaster. Administration
and Society, 41(8), 979-1003.

Basolo, V., et al. (2009). The effects of confidence in government
on perceived and actual preparedness for disasters. Environment and
Behavior, 41(3), 338-364.

Malhotra, N., & Kuo, A.G. (2008). Attributing blame: The public's
response to Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Politics, 70(1), 120-135.

Boin, A., & McConnell, A. (2007). Preparing for critical
infrastructure breakdowns: The limits of crisis management and the
need for resilience. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis
Management, 15(1), 50-59.

Kapucu, N., & Van Wart, M. (2006). The evolving role of the public
sector in managing catastrophic disasters: Lessons learned.
Administration and Society, 38(3), 280-308.
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