When faced with threats of hurricanes making landfall along the U.S. Gulf and East coasts, what influences the behaviors of coastal residents regarding evacuation? Researchers at Colorado State University are set to find out in a study supported by $460,000 from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Over the next three hurricane seasons, they will study what residents do when faced with the decision to evacuate.
” We want to understand what people think about hurricane risk, whether they understand the risk and how they make decisions regarding evacuation in case of hurricane landfall,” said Lori Peek, assistant professor in CSU’s Department of Sociology. “On top of all that, we want to discern how household characteristics and other demographic factors affect those processes. Do men and women react in the same way? Do decisions change if children are in the household? What about the elderly and persons with disabilities?”
The CSU team includes Craig Trumbo, Lead Researcher, Department of Journalism and Technical Communication, Peek, Holly Marlatt, Michelle Lueck, Sociology Ph.D. research assistant, Brian McNoldy and Wayne Schubert. Team member Eve Gruntfest is from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs.