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Natural Disasters, Destruction of Family Home During

  • By: Amanda Sheffield Morris & Mumbe Kithakye
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

The term natural disaster refers to an event that causes damage, harm, or danger to numerous people and occurs solely as a result of forces of nature. There are many different forms of natural disasters, including earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, tsunamis, and hurricanes. Each year, millions of people experience some level of home destruction as a result of a natural disaster. This entry discusses the impact of the home destruction on family members and the family as a whole and suggests ways to help families cope with home destruction.

Impact on Families
Relocation and Loss

Natural disasters are often unpredictable and the impact of home destruction can be far reaching. When a natural disaster destroys a home, the physical and material loss are the most visible and tangible effects. ...

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