Images show the extent of flooding in southeast Texas after Hurricane Harvey (2017).
Photo from Penn State University.
Report recommends better integration, training, data access
Local officials struggle with enforcing where and how people build in flood zones, due to a variety of factors. Better coordination and tools, shared between federal, state and local authorities, could improve flood mitigation enforcement and save money for all involved, according to a new report from CRC researchers.
A still from the University of Rhode Island-produced video.
New video focuses on changing preparedness behavior
The CRC project led by Dr. James Prochaska of the University of Rhode Island seeks to help individuals become more prepared for potential coastal hazards by using a proven behavior change model and applying it to household preparedness decisions. Meeting people “where they are” along the preparedness scale, researchers send a series of tailored messages based on interactions over several months to better lead them from pre-contemplation to action.
Since 2015, the Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) partners have taught more than 50 courses and had more than 2,200 enrollments in supported courses. CRC students have opportunities to present their work at national conferences, to be part of unique summer research exchanges and to work in summer internships closely related to the homeland security workforce they hope to join upon graduation.
Last year, we posted several videos exploring the impacts of CRC programs. From the role of planning in preparing for natural hazards to our education programs’ efforts to create more diversity in the Homeland Security fields, the CRC Impacts series will continue to look at the ways our projects – and our students and researchers – are making communities more resilient.
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Send us funding and job listings
We continue to add new job, internship and funding announcements to our Opportunities page. This month we have added information about open positions and funding from several partner institutions.