Research Counts

By Karen Engel, Jeroen Warner, and Georg Frerks

Subcultures of disasters form in areas where people experience hazards regularly. The repeated experience can create shared knowledge, solidarity, and resilience that improves response and recovery outcomes.

By Natalie D. Baker

Hurricane Katrina left devastating impacts in New Orleans, especially in Black neighborhoods. This article explores the way bounce rap, a local music style created by Black New Orleanians in the 1990s, expressed Black communities' sentiments toward government-imposed resilience and racialized narratives of violence and neglect..

By Haorui Wu

This Research Counts focuses on how survivors of the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake developed community-driven recovery strategies. These grassroots efforts led to more culturally competent rebuilding strategies, improved livelihoods, and strengthened community capacity.

By Shefali Juneja Lakhina, Lenya Quinn-Davidson, Brandon Smith, and Daniel Godwin

Many U.S. communities are experiencing deteriorating forest health, fuel management issues, and increasing wildfire risk. Read this Research Counts to learn about a range of strategies for a sustained, diverse, and future-ready forestry and fire workforce.

By Jennifer Collins and Amy Polen

Concerns about contracting COVID-19 in a shelter environment can lead some to shelter in place, even when it’s not the safest option. Learn more in the latest Research Counts.

By Barbara Carby and Therese Ferguson

Inclusive planning that maximizes the skills and abilities of those with impairments can increase disaster resilience for the whole community.

By Oronde Drakes, Eric Tate, Jayton Rainey, and Sam Brody

Federal programs to help individuals after disaster don’t always provide equitable recovery. This latest Research Counts article looks at how some areas are underserved.

By Joshua G. Behr, Jennifer L. Whytlaw, Nicole S. Hutton, Jennifer Marshall, Kelsey Merlo, and Wie Yusuf

Prepping shelters during a pandemic is not business as usual. Find out how to plan ahead for a safer facility.

By Jeffrey Schlegelmilch, Jackie Ratner, Daniel Kushner, and Susanna Aguilar

Investments in electrical infrastructure can have big payouts for societal resilience, but more data is needed to help planners and policymakers make the case for funding. An exercise in Chicago offers a roadmap for how we can begin to quantify the benefits.

By Tener Goodwin Veenema and Mary Casey-Lockyer

Shelter residents often arrive with complex medical and mental health needs, but with careful planning, providers can assure access to necessary services.

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Research Counts is made possible with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF Award #1635593) and supplemental support from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Integrated Drought Information System (NOAA-NIDIS). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the NSF, FEMA, NOAA-NIDIS, or Natural Hazards Center.