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Article ID: 693197

Wayne State Political Science Professor Receives NSF Funding to Explore Constraints on Policy Learning After Disasters

Wayne State University Division of Research

With the help of a $55,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, Kristin O’Donovan, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University, will explore the limits on policy learning about disaster mitigation after a community has experienced a disaster. O’Donovan will also seek to understand why one community may be more vulnerable to a disaster than its neighbor.

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19-Apr-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 693184

California's Next Major Earthquake Could Cause $100 Billion in Losses, Strand 20,000 in Elevators

University of Colorado Boulder

Northern California's next big earthquake could kill 800 people and cause more than $100 billion in economic losses. One in four buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area could be unsafe to re-enter after a major earthquake or would be otherwise limited in their usability.

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19-Apr-2018 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 693028

Hurricane Harvey: Dutch-Texan Research Shows Most Fatalities Occurred Outside Flood Zones

Delft University of Technology

A Dutch-Texan team found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding: the 100- and 500-year floodplains. Harvey, one of the costliest storms in US history, hit southeast Texas on 25 August 2017 causing unprecedented flooding and killing dozens. Researchers at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands and Rice University in Texas published their results today in the European Geosciences Union journal Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences.

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18-Apr-2018 7:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 693042

A Dutch-Texan team led by prof. Sebastian Jonkman (Delft University of Technology) found that most Houston-area drowning deaths from Hurricane Harvey occurred outside the zones designated by government as being at higher risk of flooding.

Delft University of Technology

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18-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 692867

How Does One Prepare for Adverse Weather Events? Depends on Your Past Experiences

Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

With much of the country now entering peak tornado season, the impact of these potentially devastating weather events will be shaped in large part by how individuals think about and prepare for them. A new study published in Risk Analysis shows that people’s past experiences with tornadoes inform how they approach this type of extreme weather in the future, including their perception of the risk.

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16-Apr-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 692636

UIC Hosts Discussions on Future of Puerto Rico, Post-Hurricane Maria

University of Illinois at Chicago

Panelists include experts, filmmakers, scholars and activists from the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

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11-Apr-2018 4:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 692469

CAUSE V Digital Operations Team Responds to Tacoma Train Derailment

Homeland Security's Science & Technology Directorate

Less than a month after S&T provided training to teach volunteers how to distinguish relevant pieces of information amid a squall of tweets, news releases and other items that needed vetting before they could be considered actionable, they used their skills in a real-world emergency.

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9-Apr-2018 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 692205

Research on Coastal Housing Recovery After Natural Disasters Shows Gaps in Recovery Policies

Iowa State University

A team including an Iowa State University researcher studied Galveston, Texas, homes following Hurricane Ike, finding that the types of housing and homeowners – and how U.S. recovery policy handles each – played a major role in recovery outcomes.

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4-Apr-2018 9:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 691856

Research Finds Dramatic Increase in Flooding on Coastal Roads

University of New Hampshire

High tide floods, or so-called “nuisance flooding,” that happen along shore roadways during seasonal high tides or minor wind events are occurring far more frequently than ever before. Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that in the past 20 years roads along the East Coast have experienced a 90 percent increase in flooding – often making the roads in these communities impassable, causing delays, as well as stress, and impacting transportation of goods and services.

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28-Mar-2018 9:05 AM EDT
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Expert Makes Case for “New” Disaster Training

University of Georgia

In the face of more frequent and deadly events, University of Georgia disaster management expert Curt Harris argues that more regular citizens need to be prepared to help others in the event of a disaster.

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26-Mar-2018 2:45 PM EDT
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