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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

SOCIOL 110H : Introduction to Sociology

Prof. Tomaskovic-Devey

Hurricane Florence (2018)

In this exercise, you will search for factual information about Hurricane Florence (2018):

  1. What geographical areas were affected (within the United States)?
  2. Were there individuals who refused to evacuate? If so, what were their reasons?
  3. Were there individuals who were unable to be evacuated? If so, what prevented it?
  4. What is the estimated death toll and injuries from the hurricane?
  5. What is the estimated property damage (in dollars) from the hurricane?

While searching for the information, you should be addressing the following questions:

  • What would be a good starting point for your search? What are the limitations of these resources?
  • Which resources are most likely to provide reliable information?
  • Which resources are least likely to provide reliable information?
  • Are there peer-reviewed journal articles about the hurricane? If not, why do you think that is?