Recently Funded Quick Response Grant Projects

The following is a list of Quick Response Grants funded in 2017. Within 90 days of leaving the field, researchers submit a 5-15 page report detailing their preliminary findings. Past reports are available on the Quick Response Reports page.

Sociodemographic Factors of Hurricane Maria Deaths and Health Care Workers’ Response
Skye Niles, University of Colorado Boulder
Santina Contreras, The Ohio State University

This research draws from Tierney’s theory of the “social roots of risk,” and Klinenberg’s framework of a “social autopsy of disaster,” to explore critical questions about the social structures of mortality. This research uses mixed methods, including quantitative analysis of mortality trends and interviews with Puerto Rican health care workers, in order to explore the sociodemographic factors of mortality during Hurricane Maria, and how health care workers have understood and integrated social vulnerability into their response and recovery efforts.

Effects of Displacement on Puerto Rican K-12 Students in Florida
Location: Florida
Molly Hamm-Rodriguez, University of Colorado Boulder
Astrid Sambolín Morales, University of Colorado Boulder

This study examines the educational effects of displacement on Puerto Rican children, youth and their families who arrived to the mainland US post-Hurricane María, with a particular emphasis on the policies and programs enacted by mainland US school districts, the responses of receiving communities in providing social services to children and their families, and the perspectives and experiences of Puerto Rican parents related to the schooling of their children.

The Evolution of Gathering Places during Response and Recovery following Hurricane Harvey
Location: Coastal Texas
Mary Nelan, University of North Texas
Ronald Schumann, University of North Texas

This work will examine gathering places—formal and informal locations where people come together to seek information and resources—as nodes of internal convergence between community members and aid workers and how they evolve during the course of recovery.

A Mixed Methods Investigation of the Effects of Social Capital and Social Media on the Disaster Recovery Outcomes of Hurricane Harvey
Location: Houston, Texas
Courtney Page, Northeastern University

This work will examine the interaction between social capital, social media platforms, and Hurricane Harvey to better understand how social ties can be leveraged to meet individual and community needs during disaster.

Powerless and Vulnerable: Assessing the Capacity of Elderly Healthcare Services following Hurricane Irma
Location: Collier County/Polk County, Florida
Nicole Hutton, Old Dominion University
Michael Allen, Old Dominion University

This work will examine to what extent caretakers of the elderly in South florida were able to mitigate power issues, continue the use of life-prolonging equipment, and combat heat stress following Hurricane Irma.

Radio Practices and their Impacts during Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
Location: Puerto Rico
Bruno Takahashi, Michigan State University
Manual Chavez, Michigan State University
Yadira Nieves, Michigan State University

This work will examine the functions played by AM radio stations during and after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico when social media, television, and Internet communication was virtually nonexistent.

Exploring the Relationship between the Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System Program and Business Disaster Recovery after Hurricane Irma
Location: Florida
Jenna Tyler, University of Central Florida

This work will examine business disaster recovery practices in communities that participate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency Community Rating System alongside those that don’t.

Understanding Vulnerability and Adaptive Capacity to Large-Scale Power Failure in the United States
Location: Florida
Paul Chakalian, Arizona State University
Elizabeth Kurtz, Arizona State University
David Hondula, Arizona State University

This work will examine how residents were impacted by power failures on a county-wide scale and what they did to adapt to those challenges, while gaining insights into how a single hazard impact can lend understanding to an entire hazardscape.

Florida Commmunity Capacity for Protecting Undocumented Migrants during Hurricane Irma 2017
Location: Florida
Jungwon Yeo, University of Central Florida

This work will examine community capacity to protect undocumented migrants during in disasater and, more specifically, the interorganizational relations that nonprofits engaged in to do so during Hurricane Irma.

Hurricane Irma: Prison Inmates, Disaster Resiliency, and Social Vulnerability in the Georgia Department of Corrections Fire and Life Safety Program
Location: Georgia
J. Carlee Purdum, Louisiana State University

This work will examine prison operations during from an emergency management perspective , including how prisons and correctional facilities planned for disaster, protected prisoners during the event, and implemented prison labor in recovery efforts.

Building Back Better: Understanding How Health Considerations Are Incorporated into Local Post-Disaster Recovery Implementation
Location: Houston, Texas
Mallory Kennedy, University of Washington

This work will examine how communities are operationalizing disaster recovery processes using the National Academy of Medicine’s framework for incorporating health and wellbeing into recovery efforts.

Exploring the Role of Implementing Agencies in Home Buyouts: Process, Equity, and Inclusion in Program Design and Implementation
Location: Harris County, Texas
Sherri Brokopp Binder, BrokoppBinder Research and Consulting
Alex Greer, Oklahoma State University

This work will examine the design and implementation phases of a home buyout program in Harris County, Texas, following Hurricane Harvey for insight into design processes, how issues of equality are considered, and how community needs and interests are accommodated.

Documenting Food Chain Disruption among Vulnerable Communities in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and Identifying Opportunities for Food Commodities to Fill the Gap
Location: Puerto Rico
Uriyoan Colon-Ramos, The George Washington University

This work will examine the food relief ecosystem in Puerto Rico to document disruptions in the food chain of vulnerable communities and the characteristics, including quality and quantity, of food commodities distributed after Hurricane Maria.

Distress Due to Displacement and Repatriation of an Entire Island Population in the South Pacific
Location: Ambae, Vanuatu
Kelsey Dancause, Université du Québec à Montréal
Amanda Roome, Binghamton University
Chim Chan, Karolinska Institutet
Nicole Burt, Cleveland Museum of Natural History
Kathryn Olszowy, Cleveland State University

This work will examine mental health outcomes among the population of the island of Ambae, which was evacuated in the face of high volcano eruption risk. The study will assess distress symptoms among the displaced, assess predictors of stress, and assess the efficacy of mental health interventions delivered by local health professionals.

Dimensions of Vulnerability and Well-Being in a Low-Income Hispanic Neighborhood During Disaster Recovery
Location: Houston, Texas
Shadi Azadegan, Colorado State University

This study will examine sources of vulnerability that can be addressed and experiences of well-being that can be leveraged in post-disaster resilience and recovery decision-making in low-income Hispanic households in Houston impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Research outcomes will be aimed at informing disaster recovery processes, recognizing the informal channels of support that can be vital to marginalized communities, and enabling community inclusion in official recovery efforts.

Hurricane Harvey, Mobile Homes and Flood Risk
Location: Houston, Texas
Andrew Rumbach, University of Colorado Denver
Esther Sullivan, University of Colorado Denver

This study will focus on mobile home park damage and recovery following Hurricane Harvey, to help build our understanding of the recovery process for park owners and residents across the Houston metropolitan statistical area (MSA), a 9-county region that includes the core city of Houston and many surrounding suburbs and towns.

St. Thomas Strong Study
Location: St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands
Laura Pittman, Northern Illinois University

This work seeks to identify the individual, family, and school factors that may lessen the likelihood of negative outcomes for students following disaster. In this study, up to 1,500 children in grades 3 – 12 will be recruited from both private and public schools on the island of St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, where two Category 5 hurricanes hit in September, 2017.

¡Puerto Rico Se Levanta!: Hurricane María and Narratives of Struggle, Resilience, and Migration
Location: Orlando, Florida
Ariana Valle, University of California, Los Angeles

This study will analyze narratives of Puerto Ricans displaced by Hurricane Maria to uncover how respondents experienced Hurricane María and relief efforts, the survival strategies they deployed in the aftermath of the storm while in Puerto Rico, and their migration decision-making as well as insights into their journey to the Central Florida region.

Food Production and the Impact of Water Shortages in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: An Early Status Assessment
Location: Puerto Rico
Adriana Garriga-López, Kalamazoo College
Alexa Dietrich, Wagner College and SSRC

This research will provide an immediate assessment of disruptions to food production and food-producing communities after Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, and a baseline evaluation of the needs for rebuilding farming communities to enhance the longterm recovery and increased resilience of the Puerto Rican food supply.