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Brokerage roles in disaster response: Organisational mediation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina

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When one organisation serves as an intermediary for twoother organisations which are not in direct contact, that organisation is saidto engage in brokerage behaviour. Using the case of the Hurricane Katrinadisaster, this study demonstrates the use of formal brokerage measures to studycommunication among the responding organisations. We apply the brokeragerole typology put forth by Gould and Fernandez (1989) to communicationnetworks among the responding organisations in two communities: SaintBernard Parish, Louisiana and Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi. We find thatrelatively few organisations perform most of the brokerage; primarily, thesebrokering organisations were locally based. The implications for predisasterplanning are discussed.

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