Annotated Bibliography of Hazard and Flood-Related Articles

Stein, R.M., L. Dueñas-Osorio, D. Subramanian, 2010: Who evacuates when hurricanes approach? The role of risk, information, and location. Social Science Quarterly, 91(3), pp 816-834.

This article discusses the factors that determine whether or not someone evacuates when a hurricane approaches. The article is separated into several sections: The first...

Sorenson, J.H., 2000: Hazard warning systems: Review of 20 years of progress. Natural Hazards Review, 1(2), 119-125.

This research stems from the notion that the United States has no universal national warning method concerning all hazards. Rather, governments and private organizations have...

Sorenson, J. H. and D.S. Mileti, 1988: Warning and evacuation: Answering some basic questions. Industrial Crisis Quarterly 2, 2(3 & 4), 195-209.

The authors analyze data from numerous behavioral studies of public evacuation response. It address five common questions asked by emergency managers and personnel and attempts...

Radford, L.M. 2012: New tropical cyclone warning graphics: Preferences, comments and future suggestions.. The University of Alabama.

The topic of this thesis is hurricane warning graphics and public perceptions. The devastation from hurricanes and reliance of the public on the Cone of...

Parker, D.J. and J.W. Handmer, 1998: The role of unofficial flood warning systems. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 6(1), 45-60.

The majority of research conducted on studying the effectiveness of flood warning systems is on official warning systems. However, people use unofficial warning systems inherently...

Parker, D.J., 1987: Flood warning dissemination: The British experience. Flood Hazard Management, J. Handmer, Ed., Geo Books, 169-190.

The author considers the institutional limitations to flood warning dissemination. Through the use of document analysis and interviews with authorities, weaknesses in the flood warning...

National Weather Service, 2013: Hurricane/Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy October 22-29, 2012. Service Assessment.

Hurricane/Post-Tropical Storm Sandy, also known as Superstorm Sandy, occurred on October 22-29, 2012. It originated as a hurricane in the Caribbean and traveled north, eventually...

Mileti, D. S., and J. H. Sorenson, 1990: Communication of emergency public warnings: A social science perspective and state of-the-art assessment. Oak Ridge National Laboratory Rep. ORNL-6609, 145 pp.

This assessment compiles major findings from over 200 studies on warning systems and warning response. This extensive literature review discusses several main findings. First, how...

Leik, R.K., M.T. Carter, J.P. Clark, S.D. Kendall, and G.A. Gifford, 1980: Community response to natural hazard warnings. Information for the Defense Community.

This research centered on warning dissemination and community response and included three components. First, field studies of communities that experienced either flash floods, hurricanes, tornadoes,...

Kircher, T., J. Nelson, and J. French, 1987: Avoidance of death and injury through monitoring of dams and flood evacuation in Essex, Connecticut, June 1982. Disasters, 11(2), 117-119.

This study presents a case of successful communication and collaboration among personnel during several flash floods. A period of heavy rain in Essex, Connecticut on...

Knocke, E.T., and K.N. Kolivras, 2007: Flash flood awareness in Southwest Virginia. Risk Analysis, 27(1), 155-169.

Flash floods result in substantial damage, yet flash floods are seldomly looked at independently of other natural hazards. Currently, flood experts perceive the public’s risk...

Grothmann, T. and Reusswig, F., 2006: People at risk of flooding: Why some residents take precautionary action while others do not. Natural Hazards. 38:101–120.

The overall goal of this paper is to understand self-protective behavior by the public in flood-prone areas. This paper is comprised of two main objectives....

Marx, S.M., E.U. Weber, B.S. Orlove, A. Leiserowitz, D.H. Krantz, C. Roncoli, and J. Phillips, 2007: Communication and mental processes: Experiential and analytic processing of uncertain climate information. Global Environmental Change, 17, 47-58.

Communicating the uncertainty inherent in climate change is a difficult task, especially since little is known about how groups of people understand uncertainty and make...

Kim, Y., and J. Kang, 2010: Communication, neighbourhood belonging and household hurricane preparedness. Disasters, 34(2), 470-488.

This study is motivated by individuals’ lack of preparedness before and during disasters despite the many government agencies designed to assist during natural disasters; in...

Morss, R.E. and M.H. Hayden, 2010: Storm surge and “certain death”: interviews with Texas coastal residents following Hurricane Ike. Weather, Climate, and Society, 2(3), pp 174–189.

This study assesses how Texas coastal residents perceived the risk associated with Hurricane Ike and subsequently how they made protective decisions. Interviews were conducted with...

Morrow, B., 2009: Risk behavior and risk communication: synthesis and expert interviews. SocResearch Miami. Final report for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Coastal Services Center, Charleston, SC.

This final report for NOAA’s Coastal Services Center describes in detail the 1) risk perception process, 2) influences on risk perception, and 3) potential effective...

Fischhoff, B., 1995: Risk perception and communication unplugged: Twenty years of process. Risk Analysis. 15(2), 137-145.

This is a personal piece that pinpoints the various stages of risk communication resources through the years. Fischhoff in a sense identifies the historical periods...

Bell, H. M., & Tobin, G. A., 2007: Efficient and effective? The 100-year flood in the communication and perception of flood risk. Environmental Hazards, 7(4), 302-311.

This thesis focuses on the issues with flood communication. The author evaluates four methods used to communicate flood risk, including a 100 year flood, a...

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