A Molasses Flood: How Complex Crises Effect Disasters

In 1919 a storage vat holding molasses burst in downtown Boston releasing a 25 ft wave traveling 35 mph. It became known as the Great Molasses Flood and it caused the deaths of 20 people.

Though Emergency Management is the study of acute disasters (like flooding), long-term, slow-moving crises like climate change, homelessness, social unrest, and city design can all influence how vulnerable communities are to disaster and thus are a critical component to our study. These slow moving crises are like molasses. And this portfolio is a look at how these long-term societal issues can influence our response to and recovery from disasters.

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Vulnerable Populations