Research Grants/Fellowships/SBIR

Assessment of the Effectiveness of Current Emergency Preparedness Materials and Communication Channels in Preparing the Survivors of Hurricane Katrina for Impact and Recovery

EPA Grant Number: F6D80520
Title: Assessment of the Effectiveness of Current Emergency Preparedness Materials and Communication Channels in Preparing the Survivors of Hurricane Katrina for Impact and Recovery
Investigators: Arnold, Dodie
Institution: Meharry Medical College
EPA Project Officer: Zambrana, Jose
Project Period: September 1, 2006 through September 1, 2008
Project Amount: $74,172
RFA: GRO Fellowships for Graduate Environmental Study (2006) RFA Text |  Recipients Lists
Research Category: Academic Fellowships , Fellowship - Public Health Sciences , Health Effects

Objective:

The purpose of this study is to assess the effectiveness of current emergency preparedness materials and communication channels in preparing the survivors of Hurricane Katrina for the impact and recovery phase. Key issues in the impact and recovery phases of a hurricane include injury, exposure, and health risk assessments. I will also search for other factors that may be related to the preparedness of survivors during the impact and recovery phases of Katrina.

Objective:

  1. To determine whether or not most residents received hurricane preparedness information BEFORE Katrina.
  2. To determine whether or not most residents received hurricane recovery information AFTER Katrina.
  3. To access the availability of healthcare after Katrina.
  4. To complete a health risk assessment including exposures and injuries.

Approach:

I will use a quantitative self-administered survey that I design specifically for this project. I will select participants from the parishes and counties in Louisiana and Mississippi that were under mandatory evacuation orders for Hurricane Katrina. Due to the limitations posed by a displaced study population convenience sampling will be used.

Expected Results:

It is my hypothesis that Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that current hurricane preparedness guides in Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi do not sufficiently prepare residents for hurricanes nor do they inform residents how to protect their health and prevent injury when they return to their homes to assess damage and make repairs.

Supplemental Keywords:

Hurricane, Katrina, Disaster, Preparedness, Injury, Exposure,, Health, Scientific Discipline, Health Risk Assessment, Risk Assessments, Environmental Monitoring, ecological risk assessment, decision making process, environmental risks, hurricane, emergency preparedness, human exposure, human health risk