Sårbar men inte ensam - en studie av några drababdes erfarenheter av Kemiraolyckan, tsunamin och stormen Gudrun

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The aim of this report is to illustrate how the affected after disasters have experienced their situation and the support from authorities. The study is based on interviews with 16 persons after the storm Gudrun in southern Sweden 2005, the Asian tsunami 2004 and an accident with toxic gas in a Swedish town 2005.

The affected received most support, both practical and emotional, from their social networks. Conditions for that kind of support is the emotional energy and solidarity (Collins 2004) created in the network before the disaster.

The affected after the toxic gas accident had a great need for information about the disaster. Most vulnerable were those who already were in need of care. After the tsunami the relatives in Sweden needed information and emotional support. They received support from their social network and the municipality crisis support. Some of them asked for support in dealing with meaning of grief and death. Their vulnerability is not so much social but existential about the great questions in human life. They also mentioned the differences between women and men. Men did not always share their emotional experiences in the counseling or in group discussions. The affected after the tsunami were offered counseling immediately but they had need for that kind of service even several months after the disaster.

After the storm Gudrun people living in the countryside were affected by trouble in the infrastructure. They also lost forest, and their situation is characterized as economic vulnerability.

After the storm the affected were able, for example, to do efforts to make the ways open again. They also could go and see elderly people living alone far away in the forests before the authorities could. Therefore, the municipality authorities have started a discussion how to cooperate with the farmer’s organisation in case of disasters.


  • Tuija Nieminen Kristofersson
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Human Geography


  • psychological and social support after disasters (krisgrupper), emotional energy, The Federation of Swedish Farmers, existential and economic vulnerability, the farmer's resources, social networks
Original languageSwedish
PublisherLUCRAM, Lund University
Number of pages84
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1404-2983