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January 2020

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.
The report, authored by Dr. Paula Lorente and Jaimie Masterson, of Texas A&M University (TAMU), and Dr. Phil Berke of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “Research in Support of Floodplain Management Regulations Compliance,” lays out a series of recommendations based on interviews with local officials and a national advisory committee. 

To see the report’s recommendations, visit our website.

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.
See a video on this project, produced by our URI partners, on our YouTube page, and look for more information on the project from us later this year.


CRC student highlights from 2019

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.
Read about highlights from students in 2019 on our website.


Video series focuses on Center impacts

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.
You can see all of the videos on our website and on our YouTube page.


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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.

Send your funding/job/internship information for us to post!

The Coastal Resilience Center is funded by a grant from the
Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate.
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