Strategies for Coping with Natural Disasters.A Study Of People’s And Government Adaptation Process To The Flood In Poland

Slawomir WILK


 The article will describe the results of the research conducted in 2013 on the

people who suffered in the floods of 2010 in Poland. Within the frame of

research 500 flood victims were surveyed and 25 individual in-depth interviews

with the victims and support providers (mainly social workers) were carried

out. The issues covered in the article refer to the description of the floods, i.e.

difficulties associated with the occurrence of the disaster, the description of the

received aid, the ways to get help - resourcefulness of the victims, etc. The

obtained data show that the greatest financial support was provided by the

representatives of local and government administration, whereas informational

and emotional support was offered mainly by family and closest friends. People

experiencing a natural disaster who had broader social support networks,

stronger ties and more contacts received more help. The obtained data indicate

that the flood victims are forced to demonstrate resourcefulness in three key

points: 1) the evacuation, 2) the reconstruction of a household, and 3) getting

control of their own and their families’ mental condition. In addition, the author

will present the results of social research carried out in 2016 on the operation

of the administration during the crisis (flood).

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