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Essay and Commentaries: Chicago and Risk
In your essay about the Chicago heat wave, please be sure to address the following:
Who was most at risk during the 1995 heat wave in Chicago? Why?
How was risk assessed during the initial stages of the heat wave?
Discuss issues of risk amplification and attenuation during the disaster. What were the causes for risk amplification and attenuation?
How did probabilistic/possiblistic thinking affect the local government’s actions during the Chicago heat wave?
Make sure that you support your arguments with specific examples from the Klinenberg reading (remember to cite the page numbers).
Once you have posted your essay, read your classmates’ essays and substantively respond (approximately 250 words) to at least two of your classmates’ essays.
Cook County morgue technicians work between a row of refrigerated trucks outside the morgue on Tuesday, July 18, 1995, as the city of Chicago continues to deal with the rising death count from the recent heat wave to hit the area. At least 199 lives have been claimed by the hot humid temperatures. (AP Photo/Mike Fisher)