A mass evacuation tracking system developed after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita by researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin has won a major award from the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).
Event: Lozano Long Conference "From Natural Events to Social Disasters in the Circum-Caribbean." Free and open to the public. When: Feb. 23-25 Where: Various locations on campus. See conference program (PDF) for details. Background: Hurricane Katrina's hit to New Orleans and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti revealed historical and ongoing social inequality, environmental hazards and… » Continue Reading
Relocation substantially lowers the likelihood of re-incarceration for parolees, according to new research at The University of Texas at Austin. Using the occurrence of Hurricane Katrina—which ravaged numerous neighborhoods throughout the Louisiana Gulf Coast-as a natural experiment, David Kirk, sociologist at The University of Texas at Austin, was able to examine how consequential a change… » Continue Reading
Unnatural Disaster: Tommy and Mia, an African-American couple in their late 40s, had lived in New Orleans all their lives, working three jobs between the two of them. Life was a struggle, but they made ends meet--barely. That was before Hurricane Katrina.