Disaster researchers discuss preparedness, evacuations and recovery as Hurricane Idalia bears down on Florida's Gulf CoastAugust 29, 20231 min read
It's déjà vu all over again. Less than a year after Hurricane Ian brought floods and destruction to Florida towns off the Gulf of Mexico, another storm, Hurricane Idalia, is expected to strengthen significantly ahead of its expected landfall on Wednesday. Experts from the University of Delaware's Disaster Research Center can talk about a variety of topics, including preparedness, sea-level rise, managed retreat, evacuations and recovery, as they relate to the latest hurricane to hit the Sunshine State.
A.R. Siders: Expert on sea level rise and managed retreat – the concept of planned community movement away from coastlines and flood-prone areas. She can discuss the impact of the expected storm surge and what can be done in the future to prepare and avoid costly and deadly ramifications from the resulting flooding.
Tricia Wachtendorf: Evacuation decision-making, disaster response and coordination, disaster relief (donations) and logistics, volunteer and emergent efforts, social vulnerability.
Jennifer Horney: Environmental impacts of disasters and potential public health impacts for chronic and infectious diseases.
Jennifer Trivedi: Challenges for people with disabilities during disaster, cultural issues and long-term recovery.
Joe Trainor: Post-storm housing decisions and insurance.
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A.R. Siders Core Faculty, Disaster Research Center; Assistant Professor, Biden School of Public Policy and Administration
Prof. Siders' research focuses on climate change adaptation policies with an emphasis on managed retreat.
Tricia Wachtendorf Director / Professor, Disaster Research Center / Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
Prof. Wachtendorf expertise lies in the social, organizational, and decision-making aspects of disasters.
Jennifer Horney Professor and Director, Epidemiology
Jennifer Horney's research focuses on the health impacts of disasters and public health emergencies including climate change.
Sarah DeYoung Associate Professor, Sociology & Criminal Justice
Prof. DeYoung's expertise is in maternal and child health in crisis and disaster settings, with a focus on infant feeding in emergencies.
Jennifer Trivedi Assistant Professor, Anthropology; Core Faculty Member, Disaster Research Center
Prof. Trivedi's research explores disaster vulnerability, response, recovery, resilience and decision-making.
Joseph E. Trainor Interim Dean and Professor, Biden School of Public Policy & Administration
Can discuss behavioral responses to disasters, including household risk management and decision making about warnings and evacuation orders.