…ts, allowing less economically advantaged disaster victims to receive care as soon as they need it. Communities must also be able to successfully field crises posed by disasters while still delivering core services to non-affected residents, so that society can function, even under the strain imposed by catastrophic events. This means long-term investment in building an economic, environmental, and social infrastructure that is able to absorb both the burden of daily stressors and the shock of sudden disaster.
One central reason is context. The resources of a given community, and the level of social support available to its members, can help determine how well the individuals in that community can cope with a disaster. If a community does not have a strong social, economic, and political infrastructure, or if its existing infrastructure is suddenly destroyed by a large-scale traumatic event, this can have direct consequences for health.