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HRRC comparing man-made, natural disasters in Texas towns

HRRC comparing man-made, natural disasters in Texas

posted April 30, 2014
A Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center team is investigating how recovery from a man-made disaster differs from a natural disaster as part of a National Science Foundation study focusing on the Texas towns of West and Granbury, which were hit, respectively, by a chemical plant explosion and a tornado.
Brody featured in FEMA video touting flood prevention tips

Brody featured in FEMA video touting flood prevention tips

posted April 29, 2014
A video touting how communities can avoid flood losses, available on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website, features Sam Brody, professor of urban planning at Texas A&M.
Peacock, Anderson recognized with research, teaching awards

Two college profs recognized for research, teaching

posted April 4, 2014
Two faculty members at Texas A&M’s College of Architecture have been recognized for outstanding research and teaching with 2014 Distinguished Achievement Awards from The Association of Former Students.
HRRC researchers focus on resilience, smart planning

HRRC marks 25th year championing resilience, planning

posted February 17, 2014
To mark 25 years of disaster-related research at Texas A&M University, many of the nation’s top hazard researchers are gathering on campus April 4-5 to present their latest work as part of the Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center’s “Planning for Disaster Resilience Symposium.”
Professor offers strategies for enhancing hurricane resilience

Prof suggests ways to enhance community hurricane resilience

posted December 4, 2013
Communities can improve their hurricane resilience by better protecting wetlands, diversifying their respective economies and building communication networks for socially vulnerable groups, said Sam Brody, Texas A&M professor of urban planning.
Faculty hazard planning videos available on Planetzien website

Faculty planning videos available on Planetzien site

posted December 4, 2013
Planning professionals can learn the latest in hazard resilience measures from videos featuring presentations by hazard reduction and recovery experts from Texas A&M University. The online learning modules are offered by Planetizen, an information exchange urban planning website.
Top planning scholar, author returns to Texas A&M faculty

Land use planning expert returns to Texas A&M faculty

posted November 26, 2013
Philip Berke ‘81, widely regarded as one of the nation’s top land use planning scholars, is returning to Texas A&M in 2014 to rejoin the urban planning faculty and help lead the university’s Institute for Sustainable Coastal Communities.
Community resilience is essence of Texas A&M hazard research

Nation's safety enhanced by resiliency studies

posted July 15, 2013
Though natural and man-made disasters are inevitable, scientists at the Texas A&M College of Architecture are working on ways to minimize their impact, hasten recovery and gain valuable insight from the process.
Study: 100-year flood plain poor indicator of likely flood damage

Study shows 100-year flood plain not good flood loss predictor

posted May 29, 2013
The 100-year floodplain, a longstanding metric for determining the chance of an area’s inundation by flood waters, appears to be an inaccurate measure for predicting potential flood-related loss, said Samuel Brody, professor of urban planning at Texas A&M.
Studies show social vulnerability mapping reduces disaster impacts

Mapping at-risk populations aids hazard mitigation

posted April 26, 2013
Emergency management planners could reduce losses and strengthen community resilience by mapping socially vulnerable areas and focusing hazard mitigation efforts where they are most needed, said Shannon Van Zandt, a Texas A&M urban planning professor.
HRRC study finding uncertainty’s effects on public hazard decisions

HRRC investigating uncertainty’s role in hazard decisions

posted February 15, 2013
In the first large-scale study of its kind, Texas A&M researchers are investigating how storm forecast graphics, such as those depicting potential storm paths with cone-shaped regions of uncertainty, influence public decision making during hazard events.
Brody, Highfield research cited in 'NOVA,' New York Times articles

HRRC research featured in PBS' 'NOVA,' NY Times

posted December 7, 2012
"Inside the Megastorm," a recent episode of the PBS series, "NOVA," was supplemented by research on effective flood mitigation strategies conducted by Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center research fellows Sam Brody and Wesley Highfield.
HRRC study forecasts hurricane threat behavior in South Texas

Study to forecast behavior during hurricane threats

posted November 21, 2012
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.
Lindell contributes to U.S. report on chemical plant safety issues

Lindell adds to U.S. plant safety report

posted November 14, 2012
A federal study aimed at enhancing plant safety throughout the U.S. chemical manufacturing system benefitted from the work of Michael Lindell, a professor of urban planning at Texas A&M University who contributed sections on risk and decision analyses and emergency management.
Professor advising New Zealand's natural hazard mitigation efforts

Lindell aids disaster mitigation initiative in New Zealand

posted November 14, 2012
Texas A&M urban planning professor Michael Lindell is part of an interdisciplinary team advising policymakers in earthquake-prone New Zealand on issues related to natural hazard mitigation, readiness, response and recovery.