Desert, field, and sea

The Natural Hazards Center is pleased to announce that we have recently released a new Research Counts special collection focused on the disaster cycle. The full collection is available online and as a downloadable PDF.

The disaster cycle lens applied in this recent collection encourages researchers and practitioners to closely examine the process of preparing for, responding to, and recovering from disasters. Made possible through a collaboration with the International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters (IJMED), this Research Counts collection offers two compelling articles for each of the following phases of the disaster cycle:

· Preparedness
· Emergency Response
· Impacts
· Recovery
· Mitigation and Resilience

The easy-to-read articles condense research published in IJMED in the past five years. These pieces were selected to help those working in the field stay current with disaster cycle research. The collection also contains insights from international perspectives in disaster management. For example, the two preparedness articles highlight research from New Zealand and Finland, and other articles focus on studies in the United States, Canada, Chile, and China.

Collectively, these articles address diverse topics including tsunamis, pandemics, floods, earthquakes, hurricanes, and media coverage of disasters. Yet, a common thread links all of the research—the ability to adapt to disasters in every phase of the cycle.

A broader aim for this Research Counts special collection on the disaster cycle is to encourage communities everywhere to consider which phases they and their neighbors can already manage and which phases need more attention. Additionally, we hope these articles will inspire scholars to consider new ways to contribute to the field of hazards and disaster research.

Please visit the online collection to read the introduction and learn more about the series and its purpose.