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Community Engagement: Disasters/Responses

Critically examine the concept of community engagement within tertiary studies and how this concept is being implemented in Australian, Canadian, New Zealand, U.K., and U.S. tertiary institutions.


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PILOTS database

PILOTS database

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.

San Fransisco

Information about the 1989 quake

Photographs of the quake


A few articles on volunteer responses to the earthquake.

O'Brien, P.W. & Mileti, D.S (1993). Citizen participation on emergency response.  In  P. A. Bolton (ed). The Lorna Prieta, California, Earthquake of October 17, 1989-Public Response. U S  Geological survey professional paper 1553.  (ppB23-B30). Washington:United States government printing office.

New Orleans

Hurricane Katrina

Effects on New Orleans

Tulane University response

Drew University response

A few articles on volunteer responses to Hurricane Katrina

Plummer, C., Ai, A., Lemieux, C., Richardson, R., Dey, S., Taylor, P., . . . . (2008). Volunteerism among social work students during hurricanes katrina and rita: A report from the disaster area. Journal of social service research, 34(3), 55-71


Wilson, D. (October, 2008). Experiences of engineering students in post-Katrina service learning programs. 38th Annual Frontiers in Education Conference. Saratoga Springs, NY


Dass-Brailsford, P.,  Thomley, R., & Hurtado de Mendoza, A. (2011).  Paying it forward: the transformative aspects of volunteering after Hurricane Katrina . Traumatology17(1),  29-40.

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