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The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce that we’ve awarded 15 Quick Response grants to learn more about the specific social and public health challenges that disasters create in U.S. territories.

The Quick Response program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, provides small awards to researchers to collect perishable data during extreme events. The most recent special call for Quick Response research will fund work that focuses on mass sheltering, evacuation, public health and schools, compounding and cascading disasters, and much more. Topics include disaster migration, nonprofit disaster response, social vulnerability, and risk communication.

The call for COVID-19 proposals resulted in nearly 45 highly competitive and compelling proposal submissions. The following 15 proposals were selected.

More information, including a brief abstract of the projects, can be found on the program’s Recently Funded page.

Real-time Tracking of Intraregional Immigration from the Caribbean to Puerto Rico After Extreme Events
Alejandro Arrieta, Florida International University
Shu-Ching Chen, Florida International University
Richard Olson, Florida International University
Juan Pablo Sarmiento, Florida International University

Compound Hazards, Evacuations, and Mass Sheltering: Improving Practices for Public Health in the PRVI Region
Jennifer Collins, University of South Florida
Leslie Mass, Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust
Janis Valmond, Caribbean Exploratory Research Center
Erik Ackerson, Virgin Islands Territorial Emergency Management Agency
Ernesto Morales, National Weather Service San Juan

Hurricane Maria Mortality Study: Ascertaining the Excess Mortality and Associated Risk Factors Following Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Kristen Cowan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Photovoice and Cultural Competence in Disaster Recovery
Monique Constance-Huggins, Winthrop University
Alexus Sharpe, Winthrop University

Impact of Recovery on Economic Equality, Public Health, and Disaster Preparedness in Puerto Rico
Antonio Fernos, Inter American University of Puerto Rico
Alison Chopel, Independent Researcher
Laura Gorbea, Puerto Rico Public and Applied Social Sciences Workshop

Frontline Government Workers: An Assessment of Burnout and Quality of Life in the U.S. Virgin Islands Following Disasters
Kula Francis, University of the Virgin Islands
Nisha Clavier, University of the Virgin Islands
Kenny Hendrickson, University of the Virgin Islands

Nonprofit Response to Concurrent Disaster Events
Ivis Garcia, University of Utah
Divya Chandrasekhar, University of Utah
N. Emel Ganapati, Florida International University
Pablo Jose Rivera Miranda, Métrika
Kevin Fagundo-Ojeda, University of Utah

Impact of Cascading Disasters on High School Student Resilience, Coping, and Educational Performance in St. Thomas and St. John
Leonard Huggins, University of Phoenix
Ted Serrant, Houston Independent School District

Sharing is Caring: Experiences and Lessons from Islands
Karl Kim, University of Hawaii

When Nobody Came to Help Me: Protective Factors for College Students in Puerto Rico
María de Lourdes Lara-Hernández, University of Puerto Rico
Félix López-Román, University of Puerto Rico
Elena Martínez-Torres, Agenda Ciudadana Foundation
Sol Molina-Parrilla, University of Puerto Rico

Calculating the Social Vulnerability Index for Guam
Yvette Paulino, University of Guam
Grazyna Badowski, University of Guam
Jade Chennaux, University of Guam
Monica Guerrero, Guam State Data Center Bureau of Statistics and Plans
Sela Panapasa, University of Michigan

Risk Communication in Concurrent Disasters
Jenniffer Santos-Hernandez, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
Lorna Jaramillo Nieves, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
Sara McBride, U.S. Geological Survey
Nnenia Campbell, University of Colorado Boulder
Jeiselynn Ríos Rivera, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras
Leslie Martínez Román, University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras

The Effect of School Disruptions Due to Three Consecutive Natural Hazard Events on Educational Outcomes
Eileen Segarra-Alméstica, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
Yolanda Cordero-Nieves, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
Indira Luciano-Montalvo, University of Puerto Rico Río Piedras
Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, City University of New York
José Caraballo-Cueto, University of Puerto Rico Cayey

Co-Designing Cultural Probes for Participatory Community Mapping: Informal Emergency Shelter Planning and Management in Puerto Rico
Jonathan Sury, Columbia University
Robert Soden, University of Toronto
Yiyuan Jasmine Qin, Recollective

Cascading Disasters, Gender, and Vulnerabilities in the South-West Region of Puerto Rico
M. Gabriela Torres, Wheaton College
Alitza Cardona, Puerto Rico Science and Technology Research Trust
Mabel Crescioni, Puerto Rico Science and Technology Research Trust
Jane Henrici, George Washington University
Waleska Sanabria-León, Pontificia Universidad Católica Puerto Rico

For questions or more information, please contact Jennifer Tobin at Jennifer.L.Tobin@Colorado.edu.

The Quick Response Research Award Program is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593). This special call was made possible by supplementary funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF or the Natural Hazards Center.