Research Counts

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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.

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By Nicole Hutton and Michael Allen

Legislation that ensures eldercare facilities keep the power on during disasters—preventing needless deaths from heat or equipment failure—are necessary, but they need to be thoughtfully implemented.

By Richard Olson

Mexico's incoming administrations, who ran on the platform that they were "not them," will have a lot to prove when it comes to the politics of disaster mitigation and response.

By Yared Abayneh Abebe, Neiler Medina Peña and Zoran Vojinovic

In areas rich with cultural diversity, resilience isn't a one-size-fits-all prospect. A research team from PEARL shares lessons they learned about building back better after Hurricane Irma hit Sint Maarten.

By Sherri Brokopp Binder and Alex Greer

Are home buyout programs a mitigation effort or a recovery effort? The answer can vary—and that ambiguity topic can impact the programs' effectiveness.

By Sara Hamideh

Tourism-based coastal economies have different recovery needs following disaster. Learn more about what these communities need and resources available to restore them to their pre-disaster status.

By Liesel Ritchie, Carolyn Kousky, Kathleen Tierney and Simone Domingue

Quantifying the return on investment in disaster mitigation was a powerful tool for sparking action. Now a recent FEMA project outlines how the same might be done for broader preparedness efforts.

By Ian Burton

Disaster scholars often ruminate over why—when we have so much knowledge—we seem to make frustratingly little headway in stanching disaster impacts. In this Research Counts, longtime researcher Ian Burton puts forth a few thoughts as to why that's the case.

By Elaina Sutley

Uneven disaster recovery can sometimes be the result of mitigation efforts. This Research Counts piece explains how it happens and how it can be avoided.

By Leah James and Courtney Welton-Mitchell

Depression, anxiety, or trauma related to past disasters can all play a role in how (or if) people choose to prepare for disaster. This Research Counts details an innovative intervention that takes mental well-being into account when helping people prepare for disaster.

By Lori Peek

Of all the threats that America's children must face to get an education, school buildings themselves could be the most dangerous.