Disaster Myths

Came across a phenomenal article by Rebecca Solnit on the myth of looting and other anti-social behavior following disaster. This article was written specifically about Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) but mentions Katrina and other incidents where the media misconstrues and misreports the occurrences in impacted areas. Contrary to the reporting of chaos, looting, panic research has consistently found that altruistic communities form (crime rates drop and there is an increase in pro-social behavior).

Media misreporting on the disaster myths is why after a disaster you can hear a collective *headdesk* happen from disaster researchers across the world.