Research Counts

The Research Counts series serves as a platform for hazards and disaster scholars to provide insights about research findings and the enduring lessons of disaster, as well as to raise new questions that are worthy of exploration. The pieces in the series are brief, drawn from a variety of disciplines, and intended for a broad audience.

By Rachel Adams

Although it takes time and resources, collaborating with community groups can drastically improve the capacity and effectiveness of public health agencies. Learn how to make such partnerships a success.

By Susan Charnley

Reducing hazardous fuels can be effective in keeping wildfire manageable, but there can be many barriers to achieving mitigation goals. Read more about how obstacles can be overcome.

By Sarah DeYoung

Small steps and a change of perspective about infant feeding in evacuation shelters could have big impacts on the well-being of mothers and children alike.

By Thanh Thuy Truong, Asim Shah, Wayne K. Goodman, Sophia Banu, Alison Salloum, Laurel Williams, and Eric A. Storch

Disasters are extremely stressful events and it's important that shelter residents can access help to cope. Ensuring that mental health resources are available and confidential can improve the outcomes of those staying in public shelters.

By Ashley Farmer

Misconceptions about crime risk can keep people from accessing shelters during disasters—clearly communicating about safety is key.

By Jolie Breeden, Rachel Adams, Lori Peek, Tracy N. Thomas, and Daire R. Jansson

Learn how this this special collection communicates the latest research on mass sheltering and disasters and how practitioners can use evidence-informed decision making to improve shelter experiences.

By Robin Dillon-Merrill

Learn how coming close to experiencing disasters can make people more likely—or not—to prepare for the next event.

By Jackie Ratner, Shay Bahramirad, Aleksi Paaso, and Jeffrey Schlegelmilch

A power outage alone can be a disaster and even more so when they accompany larger events such as floods or a heatwave. Microgrids could be the answer to ensuring that communities have access reliable electricity in times of emergency.

By Laura Olson and Ryan Alaniz

Drought response in the United States needs to change now or we may not be able to respond to future challenges. The lessons of California could prove as a bellwether for the nation. Learn more in the latest addition to Research Counts.

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek directly at