African Americans ' Decision For New Orleans Before Hurricane Katrin A Qualitative Study
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Preliminary review and critique of research ‘African Americans’ decision not to evacuate New Orleans before hurricane Katrina: a qualitative study’.
Public coordination and compliance to follow mandatory orders can be critical when achieving effectiveness and efficiency in emergency evacuations. The purpose of this report is to review and critique the research article named ‘African Americans’ decision not to evacuate New Orleans before hurricane Katrina: a qualitative study’, published in American Journal of Public Health. The research study was to relate both individual reasons and psychosocial factors with African Americans’ reaction towards disaster evacuations. Generally, the research reached reasonable conclusions…show more content… In addition, most of the participants mentioned the creditability and time efficiency of social media reports of hurricane assessments. In other words, many households are still questioning the importance of evacuation and ran out of time when trying to evacuate with extended family members. Besides, what needs to be mentioned is that some participants blamed negative influences of racial inequality when making their decisions before the hurricane.
At the end of research report, poverty and racial inequalities are concluded to be two major explanations why African Americans were unwilling to evacuate in a life-threatening scenario. Recommendations to governments at all levels are to enhance the importance of every evacuation order in a clear and timely manner and to neutralize cultural differences or racial perceptions as a life-long mission in order to minimize casualties underlined.
Method and Sample
Qualitative method is using open-ended questioning, non-statistical research techniques, or value-based observations. In this research, three main methodologies are adopted as focus group, distributing questionnaires and conducting personal interviews simultaneously. Methods are all appropriate and contributed to a comprehensive research. The reason is that aim of this research is to acquire an in-depth understanding of