Annotated Bibliography of Hazard and Flood-Related Articles

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,...

Morss, R.E., O.V. Wilhelmi, M.W. Downtown, and E. Gruntfest, 2005: Flood risk, uncertainty, and scientific information for decision making: Lessons from and interdisciplinary project. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 85 (11), 1593-1601.

This paper integrates a variety of researchers including climatologists, hydrologists, engineers, and planners. The aim of the study is to better understand climate change, uncertainty,...

Gruntfest, E.C., 1977: What people did during the Big Thompson Flood. Working Paper 32. Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado. 62pp.

The objectives of the study were two-fold. First, public behavior of those in the Big Thompson Canyon during the flood was evaluated. Second, based on...

Haynes, K., L. Coates, R. Leigh, J. Handmer, J. Whittaker, A. Gissing, J. Mcaneney, and S. Opper, 2009: ‘Shelter-in-place’ vs. evacuation in flash floods. Environmental Hazards, 8(4), 291-303.

Evacuation remains the leading action recommended throughout the literature on flash floods. However, this paper argues that sheltering-in-place may in fact lead to fewer deaths...

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...

Morss, R.E., 2010: Interactions among flood predictions, decisions, and outcomes: Synthesis of three cases. Natural Hazards Review, 11(3), 83-96.

The aim of this paper is to showcase the importance of hydrometeorological predictions in the decision making process during floods. Flood forecasts are beneficial to...

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....

Carsell, K.M., N.D. Pingel, and D.T. Ford, 2004: Quantifying the benefit of a flood warning system. Natural Hazards Review, 5(3), 131-140.

This paper describes a flood warning system that increases the mitigation time before the onset of a flood. This flood warning system consists of “hardware,...

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...

Lazo, J.K., Morss, R.E., and J.L. Demuth, 2009: 300 billion served: Sources, perceptions, uses, and value of weather forecasts. Bulletin of American Meteorological Society, 785-798.

This article discusses findings from a nationwide internet-based survey on how people perceive, use, and value weather forecast information. The focus is on how people...

Donahue, A, 2012:. Disaster risk perception, preferences, and preparedness. University of Connecticut, Department of Public Policy, West Hartford, Connecticut.

This report by the Department of Public Policy at the University of Connecticut discusses the findings from a survey of residents nationwide regarding how they...

Cahyanto, I., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B., Srinivasan, S., Villegas, J., Matyas, C., & Kiousis, S., 2014: An empirical evaluation of the determinants of tourist’s hurricane evacuation decision making. Journal of Destination Marketing & Management, 2(4), 253-265.

Tourists are an under-researched population when it comes to understanding what causes someone to evacuate during a hurricane. However, tourists are a vulnerable population who...

Ashley, S.T., and W.S. Ashley, 2008: Flood fatalities in the United States. American Meteorological Society, 47(3), 805-818.

The objective of this paper is to discuss the distribution of flood fatalities in the United States from 1959 to 2005. The database used for...

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