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Current National Science Foundation grants with IPOR survey research component

1131459 Collaborative Research: From Warnings to Evacuation in Hurricanes: a Holistic Investigation using an Interdisciplinary Approach (awarded with IPOR survey component -- post-IPOR, survey component is being subcontracted)

1045624 COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: The Resilient Rural America: Drivers of speedy and high quality recovery following a disaster

0838683 Communicating Forecast Information to Optimize Evacuation Behavior

0826950 Collaborative Proposal (HSD-DRU): From Warnings to Dynamic Hurricane Evacuation Modeling: an Integrated Social Science-Engineering Perspective
Collaborating: 0826873 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Collaborating: 0826874 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Past hurricane/disaster research projects funded by National Science Foundation for which the quantitative survey research was done by IPOR

0555085 Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Evacuation Intent: A Panel Study
0100155 Hurricane Andrew 10 Years Later: Implications for Disaster Mitigation      Survey Results
9901257 Comparing Community Response to Hurricanes Georges and Andrew in Miami-Date and Monroe Counties, FL
9529547 Mitigation and Evacuation Decisions In the Face of An Impending Disaster
9224537 Pre-Impact Preparedness and Post-Impact Restoration Activities Following Hurricane Andrew

Recent publications

Hugh Gladwin, Jeffrey K. Lazo, Betty Hearn Morrow, Walter Gillis Peacock, and Hugh E. Willoughby. "Social Science Research Needs for the Hurricane Forecast and Warning System". Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90:1, pp. 25-29 (January 2009).
Nicole Dash and Hugh Gladwin. "Evacuation Decision Making and Behavioral Responses: Individual and Household", Natural Hazards Review 8, 69-77, 2007.
Hugh Gladwin, Jeffrey K. Lazo, Betty Hearn Morrow, Walter Gillis Peacock, and Hugh E. Willoughby. "Social Science Research Needs for the Hurricane Forecast and Warning System". Natural Hazards Review 8, 87-95, 2007.

Hurricane Andrew book available from Texas A&M

Hurricane Andrew: Ethnicity, Gender, and the Sociology of Disasters in paperback can be purchased for $20 (including shipping) by calling the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center (979) 845-7813


Hurricane Evacuation Behavior Studies

Five surveys have been done since 2004 on evacuation behavior and hurricane readiness in the Hurricane Ivan evacuation (LA, MS, AL, FL) and in Alabama, Virginia, and Georgia. These surveys have been done by IPOR working as a subcontractor to Dewberry and have been funded by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Final Report -- go to "Ivan" at the top of the page and then "Behavioral Data" -- PDF file


Evacuation Intent: A Panel Study

Hugh Gladwin is PI of this NSF funded project for a study of the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina in areas that had been evacuated for Hurricane Ivan the year below (see Ivan study above). Co-PI is Dr. Fang Zhao, who is studying evacuation transportation availability and traffic issues.

Project Abstract


Hurricane Forecast Social and Economic Working Group and other Planning Activities

This group was formed by NOAA in 2003 to develop a consensus social science research agenda focused on the hurricane forecast and warning system. Gladwin has collaborated closely with its work and is co-author and presenter of a number of its products. SeeMission Statement (PDF) and articles above.

Similar involvement took place with a workshop, Disaster Reduction--Theory and Practise, sponsored by NSF and put on by the Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute, University of South Carolina in 2007. Please contact Gladwin for further information on these activities.


Coastal Louisiana Post-Katrina Evacuation Planning Survey

At the beginning of April 2006, IPOR and Dr. Betty Morrow, working for Dewberry and URS, commenced a behavioral study of coastal Louisiana parishes as residents prepare for the 2006 hurricane season. IPOR surveyed 681 residents of 12 parishes in coastal Louisiana between April 12 and April 27, 2006. The analysis was completed and final report submitted May 8, 2006.

Miami-Dade County Local Mitigation Strategy

IPOR has supported the work of Miami-Dade County's LMS in many ways over the years. One activity is a 5-minute presentation given at the quarterly LMS Working Group meetings to outline some aspect of hurricane research by IPOR and FIU. This PDF is the presentation given June 13, 2007, discussing the effect of day/night timing on hurricane evacuation. It raises the question of what could have happened if Hurricane Floyd had acted like Hurricane Charley.

Hurricane Wilma in Cancun

IPOR director Hugh Gladwin went to Cancun with architect Ricardo Alvarez and wind engineer Tim Reinhold to assess preparation for and damages resulting from Hurricane Wilma. Funding for the trip was from the Quintana Roo state government. Informe Preliminar (PDF)

Hurricane Frances pilot pre-impact survey questionnaire

This pilot survey tested the feasibility of doing a brief survey of people living in an evacuation zone as a hurricane approaches. After the hurricane follow up interviews were done with respondents who had been interviewed in the first survey. Report

Hurricane Floyd evacuation measured by the FIU/Florida Poll

The statewide FIU/Florida Poll conducted late fall 1999 provided an opportunity to evaluate evacuation rates and study the effect of previous hurricanes on evacuation behavior. Report

Complete list IPOR past hurricane projects

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