Hazards Reduction and Recovery Center faculty
fellows, Mike Lindell and Carla Prater, have begun a three-year,
Science Foundation research project to study hurricane and
tsunami surge hazards.
The Texas A&M College of Architecture scientists will be
working with Harry Yeh and Cherri Pancake of Oregon State University.
Summarizing the project objective, Lindell said: “Our
first task, is to continue our work on the Evacuation Management
Decision Support System by testing people’s ability to
use different types of information about hazard onset — especially
information about uncertainties in hurricane track and tsunami
run-up — and population response — the time required
to complete an evacuation under different types of circumstances.
In the early stages of this task, we will conduct laboratory
experiments with undergraduates.
“Our second task, Lindell continued, “is to conduct
interviews of local jurisdictions vulnerable to tsunami, in Washington
and Oregon, and hurricanes, in Texas, to identify the problems
they face in adopting land use planning, building construction,
and emergency preparedness practices to avoid damage and casualties.
This task will involve traveling to coastal jurisdictions to
meet with local officials.”
Mike Lindell and Carla Prater, Hazards
Reduction and Recovery Center faculty fellows