Fairbrother, P and Phillips, R and Tyler, M, Communities: Relationships and Responsibilities, Wildfire and Power: Policy and Practice, Routledge, P Fairbrother and M Tyler (ed), New York, USA, pp. 79-109. ISBN 9781138370203 (2019) [Research Book Chapter]
Disasters are social events. A natural hazard becomes a disaster when
it interferes with the lives and well-being of people and communities.
How to prepare for, experience and recover from such events is a long-
standing challenge and puzzle. Often, the most expedient solution is
viewed as a combination of state support and regulation, and the use
of technologically based practices to monitor, prepare and deal with the
immediate and then ensue recovery. A corollary of this focus is that individuals and their communities require the capabilities to prepare for and
address the possibility of disaster events as well as their actual occurrence and aftermath. In this seemingly rounded way, it is claimed that
natural disaster can be dealt with in more or less effective and expedient
ways. The problem is that these
relations bring questions of power into play in stark ways, a feature that
is usually overlooked in relation to disaster events. Disaster events therefore require sociological and political analysis.