Post Natural Disaster,How Does a Community Respond to a New Threat

Authors: Lisa Pigg*, University of North Alabama
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters
Keywords: Natural Disaster, Community Response
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon Foyer/Common St. Corridor, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In April 27 of 2011, there was a super tornado outbreak in Alabama. This outbreak caused multiple deaths and injuries, loss of property, and a sense of fear left in the survivors. The outcome from the tornado outbreak has sparked many questions by those directly and indirectly impacted by the storms. One of the questions that many are asking about is focusing on the response to natural disasters from the community that has been affected by a disaster once before. There has been an increase in tornado shelter placements by local EMA’s. The community preparedness following the events is still not fully known.
Using emergency response information from the 2011 Super Tornado Outbreak in Alabama as a baseline; How can communities improve their emergency response to future natural disasters? Using the communities from Phil Campbell, Hackleburg, and Haleyville, a data sample is obtained using 911 addresses. This data sample is derived from creating 30 maps from 911 addresses and randomly selecting a few maps. The sample is questioned by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Center of Disease Control using a survey questionnaire.
The answers to the survey questionnaire will bring about an understanding of how a community reacts to natural disasters for the EMA and other entities to provide in improved system to promote safety among the community and their properties.

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