3Qs: Disasters alter our perception of risk

Mary King, a member of the soci­ology and anthro­pology fac­ulty, is an expert on how com­mu­ni­ties and indi­vid­uals weigh danger and risk when making deci­sions. She says that a major dis­aster, such as the recent flooding along the Mis­sis­sippi River or the dev­as­tating tor­nado in Joplin, Mo., forces a com­mu­nity to reex­amine its per­cep­tion of risk as it works to recover from a tragedy.