Hazard Response Capabilities of a Small Community: A Case Study of Falmouth, Kentucky and the 1997 Flood

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Kentucky, disaster management, flooding, mitigation, recovery, preparedness, emergency management

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In the early 1990s there were approximately 22,000 communities in the United States located in whole or in part of the 5% of U.S. land area comprised of floodplains (Kusler and Larson 1993). Significant flood losses occur in the U.S. every year, making flooding the leading natural hazard. Disparities exist in the hazards literature with regards to the response capabilities of small communities to disasters. The primary intent of this research is to examine the capacity of small communities to respond to disasters by analyzing official and unofficial records of hazard mitigation and response activities within Falmouth, Kentucky before and after a 1997 flood event. Qualitative and quantitative methods were utilized to establish the community's ability to respond to the flood which impacted over 80% of the community. Well-established community relationships were identified as the elements intrinsic to small community hazard response.

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Southeastern Geographer, v. 46, issue 1, p. 66-78