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A disaster subculture develops when an area has been repeatedly hit by natural disasters and as a result, develops a "culture" of appropriate response.  Essentially, though the area is in a state of "disaster" it applies lessons learned from previous and similar situations to respond quickly, appropriately, and with as...

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A disaster subculture develops when an area has been repeatedly hit by natural disasters and as a result, develops a "culture" of appropriate response.  Essentially, though the area is in a state of "disaster" it applies lessons learned from previous and similar situations to respond quickly, appropriately, and with as much efficiency as possible.

A disaster subculture is also apparent when in addition to efficiency of emergency response there is an overall indication of a general community adaptation to such situations.  This adaptation could be apparent in the general attitude of the community shown, for example, in a tendency to always be mentally and physically prepared, as well as responding in the aftermath of a disaster with a sense of emotional well-being.  If a disaster subculture truly exists within a community, the present community members will pass it on to new community members, even during disaster-free periods.

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