The Flint Water Crisis is Not Without Parallel in Michigan History

Button, Gregory
http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/02/02/the-flint-water-crisis-is-not-without-parallel-in-michigan-history/

Publisher:  Counterpunch
Date Written:  02/02/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX18701

In the days, weeks, and months following a disaster people feel uncertain about real and perceived risks. The parties directly involved a disaster as well as other organizations such as public agencies, governmental bodies, corporations, the media, and environmental groups release a cacophony of information and disputations that the affected population and the general public see as conflicting and confusing. In the process victims and the general public struggle to gain credible sources of information in an attempt to make sense of an event and unpack the truth in order to assign, meaning, blame, and responsibility as well as develop coping strategies and effective remedies. This informational uncertainty can also result in the lack of an effective response between responding governmental agencies on all levels as witnessed in the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan.