The Natural Hazards Center is excited to announce that we’ve awarded nine Quick Response grants to advance understanding about the ways to effectively prepare for and communicate extreme weather, water, and climate events. The Quick Response program, which is supported by the National Science Foundation, provides small awards to researchers to collect perishable data during extreme events.

This special call for Weather Ready Research funds work on how the public receives, interprets, and responds to high-impact weather event information. Funded proposals, which are supported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, include topics such as geo-targeted messaging, risk perception, disaster storytelling, video and immersive media in risk communication, and evacuation decision-making.

Weather Ready Research: Risk Messaging During Syndemics

Lauren Clay, D'Youville College and New York University
Alex Greer, State University at Albany
Hao-Che “Tristan" Wu, University of North Texas
Haley Murphy, Oklahoma State University

Improving Weather Ready Communication During Monsoon Season in the U.S. Southwest to Address Post-Fire Flood Risk

Catrin Edgeley, Northern Arizona University
Noah Haarmann, Northern Arizona University
Anna Jaramillo-Scarborough, U.S. Forest Service

Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings: Examining Climatology, Vulnerability, and Protective Decision-Making

Jennifer First, University of Tennessee
Kelsey Ellis, University of Tennessee
Stephen Strader, Villanova University

Effects of Intersecting Stakeholder Risk Perception, Preparedness, and Response to Tornadoes in Tennessee

Amanda Reinke, Kennesaw State University
Jaymelee Kim, University of Findlay
Erin Eldridge, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Extending Disaster Stories to Save Lives: Investigating the Staying Power and Influence of Narratives on Disaster Preparedness in Three North Carolina Counties

Rowena Rowie Kirby-Straker, Wake Forest University
Leslie Straker, Longwood University

Learning from Hurricane Laura’s Near Miss: Evacuation Decision Making in an Environment of Compounding Uncertainties and Political Polarization

David Retchless, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Ashley Ross, Texas A&M University at Galveston

Participatory Risk Communication Planning: Learning from Precariously Housed Communities

Jamie Vickery, University of Washington
Nicole Errett, University of Washington
Ann Bostrom, University of Washington
William Sweeney, Boulder Bridge House
Hansen Wendlandt, Nederland Interagency Council on Homeless Encampments

Assessing the Impact of Geo-Targeted Warning Messages on Resident Evacuation Decisions Before a Hurricane

Yan Wang, University of Florida
Corene Matyas, University of Florida
Ryan Wang, Northeastern University

The Role of 360-Degree Videos in Wildfire Preparedness: A Closer Look at Immersive Media and Risk Information Seeking Behaviors

Na Yu, University of Texas at Austin
Lucy Atkinson, University of Texas at Austin


This Special Call for Weather-Ready Quick Response Research is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593) through supplemental funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Weather Program Office. 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, NOAA, or Natural Hazards Center.