THE FAMILY'S BURDEN: PERCEIVED SOCIAL NETWORK RESOURCES FOR INDIVIDUAL DISASTER ASSISTANCE IN HAZARD-PRONE FLORIDA
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2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This chapter contributes to the literature on social networks and disaster by describing individuals' perceptions of disaster-related resources available through their social networks. From a mixed-method study using surveys and interviews, findings indicate that financial resources are perceived as less available through social networks than nonfinancial resources, and also less appropriate to receive via social networks. Further, family comprises the majority of individuals listed as sources of disaster assistance. Finally, perceptions of social capital vary by respondent characteristics, indicating that the most vulnerable also perceive having fewer network ties able to provide valuable support in times of disaster. These results add specificity to previous research and highlight the need to differentiate the effect of social networks by disaster-related needs and resources available within social networks.