Networking

Although more than 1,800 people died in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, survivors can thank women for aiding in the evacuation effort. Jacqueline Litt, a researcher from the University of Missouri, says, "Women in normal times act as the glue for networks. They coordinate networks of care giving, oversee the pooling of resources and know how to find each other. In emergencies, they use those same skills. That pre-existing interdependence, trust and knowledge is what made successful evacuations happen." Litt found that government warnings did not carry as much weight as information passed through a "network" of friends or community. Which makes sense: Give the option of listening to FEMA or the lady who lives down the street and knows everything, which would you choose? [EurekAlert]