The Warning Project
Short-fuse weather disaster warning project funded by a $422,000.00 National Science Foundation grant
In the last twenty years, meteorological and hydrological knowledge of short-fuse warning disasters has improved dramatically. Forecasting lead-times have increased and billions of dollars have been spent modernizing the National Weather Service. Concurrently, the social science critical to translating the new knowledge into improved responses and reduced losses is missing. The benefits from increasing lead-times will be enhanced by theoretically framed social science producing more effective warning responses.
Few studies have explored how technological innovations, increased population mobility, an increasingly information-dependent society, and greater population diversity affect the ability to warn communities effectively. No studies have drawn from the public health literature to help understand how these factors interact to influence warnings.
CO-P.I. Eve Gruntfest, Ph.D. (Geography)
CO-P.I. Charles Benight, Ph.D. (Psychology)
This study looked at warning perceptions for flash floods and tornadoes in Denver Colorado and Austin Texas residents. It Provided a unique interdisciplinary study between Geography and Psychology, while looking at role of previous trauma on warning perceptions. The primary goals of the study included:
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