Michael K. Lindell
Lower Rio Grande Valley officials will have help planning regional hurricane evacuations from a study undertaken by researchers at Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center in collaboration with the university's Colonias Program.
Led by HRRC faculty fellows Michael Lindell, professor of urban planning, and Carla Prater, senior lecturer of urban planning, the study will forecast the behaviors of residents of Willacy, Cameron and Hidalgo counties during hurricane threats and evacuations. The predictions will help state and local officials plan for shelters, develop transportation models and guide public awareness efforts and decision making during evacuations.
The one-year, $85,000 project, is funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Lindell and Prater aim to determine:
Residents of the counties’ urban areas will receive questionnaires in the mail, and Colonias Program workers, or "promotoras," will help locate research subjects within the study area’s colonias — typically isolated borderland developments that often lack basic infrastructure such as electricity or running water.