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4 things people need to thrive after disaster

Joplin, Missouri residents raise a wall on a Habitat for Humanity house they're building to replace one that was destroyed a year before when the town was hit by a catastrophic tornado on May 22, 2012. (Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Why do some populations thrive after disasters, while others barely survive?

“Societies try and build those things that will protect their populations—to build infrastructures, civic institutions, effective governance,” says David Abramson, clinical associate professor at the New York University College of Global Public Health and director of the Population Impact, Recovery, and Resilience Program. “But when a disaster strikes, it threatens them.”

In this video, Abramson explains that four elements really make the difference in whether groups thrive or just barely hang on after a disasters like hurricanes or disease outbreaks.

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Source: NYU