Drs. Bandana Kar and David Cochran, both associate professors of geography, are conducting important research in the most effective ways to communicate with people in the event of a natural disaster, such as a hurricane. “We’re focusing on identifying which technologies really worked and which don’t and if they all work which the local communities wanted to use,” Kar said. “The decision to act [leave their home] was based more on family and friends than on what the government agencies were telling them,” Cochran said.
The 4-year research project was funded by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information and an interview, click here.