BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "Nasty social behavior" is very common
following the first 48 hours of a disaster, according to University
at Buffalo professor Charles Ebert, Ph.D., who teaches the course,
"Disasters: analysis of natural and human-induced hazards."
"The social impact of a major disaster on a city the size of New
Orleans is quite large," says Ebert, Distinguished Teaching
Professor Emeritus in the UB Department Geography. "People there
are still in shock, but their patience is running out."
"Forty-eight hours after a disaster is usually when social
unrest begins, with rioting, looting, stealing and other unsocial
behavior," Ebert explains.
"In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, survivors are in
shock and don't have time to think. This is when you see people
helping others and rising to the occasion, but after the first 48
hours it is common for people to become very desperate and that
usually results in some very nasty social behavior."
Charles Ebert, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus
Department of Geography
University at Buffalo
716-645-2722, ext. 30 (office)