Disaster Survivors' Anticipated Received Support in a Future Disaster

Sarah R. Lowe, Megan N. Young, Joie Acosta, Laura Sampson, Oliver Gruebner, Sandro Galea

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ObjectiveThis study aimed to examine factors associated with receipt of post-disaster support from network (eg, family or friends) and non-network (eg, government agencies) sources.MethodsParticipants (n=409) were from a population-based sample of Hurricane Sandy survivors surveyed 25-28 months post-disaster. Survivors were asked to imagine a future disaster and indicate how much they would depend on network and non-network sources of support. In addition, they reported on demographic characteristics, disaster-related exposure, post-traumatic stress, and depression. Information on the economic and social resources in survivors' communities was also collected.ResultsMultilevel multivariable regression models found that lack of insurance coverage and residence in a neighborhood wherein more persons lived alone were associated with survivors anticipating less network and non-network support. In addition, being married or cohabiting was significantly associated with more anticipated network support, whereas older age and having a high school education or less were significantly associated with less anticipated network support.ConclusionsBy having survivors anticipate a future disaster scenario, this study provides insight into predictors of post-disaster receipt of network and non-network support. Further research is needed to examine how these findings correspond to survivors' received support in the aftermath of future disasters. (Disaster Med Public Health Preparedness. 2018;12:711-717).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-717
Number of pages7
JournalDisaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness
StateAccepted/In press - 1 Jan 2018


  • Hurricane Sandy
  • natural disasters
  • social networks
  • social support


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