ERIC Number: EJ898796
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 30
Oil in the Water, Fire in the Sky: Responding to Technological/Environmental Disasters
Lazarus, Philip J.; Sulkowski, Michael L.
Communique, v39 n1 p1, 16-17 Sep 2010
On April 20, 2010, a massive explosion killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Survivors of this explosion recounted terrifying near-death experiences and mourned the loss of coworkers and friends who had perished. Shock and grief spread through small coastal communities composed mostly of fishers and oil workers. However, this was merely the beginning of the disaster: the ecological tragedy will cause long-term devastation to these vulnerable communities. Oil spills such as the oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon explosion are classified as technological disasters since they generally result from some technological failure, human error, or negative externalities associated with industrialization. Thus, although not directly implied, technological disasters result from human failure and have a negative impact on the environment, ecosystem, and/or local community. The authors discuss the differences between technological/ecological disasters and other disasters and highlight the role of school psychology in responding to technological/ecological disasters.
Descriptors: Fuels, Natural Disasters, Crisis Management, Crisis Intervention, Emergency Programs, Prevention, Safety, Ecological Factors, Pollution, Terrorism, Hazardous Materials, Weather, School Psychology
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