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To supplement their 24 Perishable Information, Enduring Insights? observations they used available estimates of physical and financial damage provided by state or local officials. To Verify Information In her examination of the Muslim student experience after September 11th, Peek (2003) undertook participant observation to verify the experiences that students had discussed in interviews with her. For example, while walking through subway stations and sitting on trains with the young Muslim women she had interviewed, Peek (2003) confirmed that these young women received looks from passersby that they had reported in the interviews.

Preliminary” is an adjective frequently used to describe the results of quick response research (Bolin, 1990, p. vii). O’Brien (2003) emphasizes that his quick response research is the first phase of a larger project. In phase two, he will use quantitative methods to help achieve his long-term objective of understanding risk communication model dynamics in the context of terrorist attacks. O’Rourke et al. (2003) describe the lessons learned from their quick response research into critical utility systems after the September 11th terrorist attacks as preliminary.

The Chemical Corps Medical Laboratories of the Army Chemical Center commissioned and supported its research (Quarantelli, 1987). The tradition of team field work by sociologists was continued at the Disaster Research Center, first at Ohio State University and then at the University of Delaware. Graduate sociology students received training in conducting field work during the crisis phase of disasters (Quarantelli, 1997). The initial insistence on viewing disaster phenomena within disciplinary frameworks within the social sciences cast a long shadow throughout the late 20th century.

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