A Typology of Mass Disasters and the Victims That Are Produced

Franklin T. Wilson, Sam Houston State University

This paper analyzes three types of "Mass Disasters" and develops a typology of the victims produced by each disaster. The three types of disasters addressed are Corporate/Criminal, Terrorist and Natural. All of the disasters affected a specific community and were instantaneous in nature. Each had both survivors and non-survivors, injured and non-injured victims. The specific Corporate/Criminal disaster used in this paper is that of the 1988 Kentucky School Bus Crash with a drunk driver, which killed 27 people and injured numerous others. Similarly the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing and Hurricane Andrew are used to represent disasters caused by terrorism and nature.

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