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Hazards & Vulnerability Research Institute

The New First Line of Defense: Building Community Resilience through Residential Risk Disclosure

Subaward to UofSC: Dr. Susan Cutter (HVRI) and Dr. Tamara Shelton (Moore School of Business)


Using the Gulf of Mexico Region as a test bed, this multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary (18 investigators) project is designed to leverage actionable information on disaster risk and mitigation alternatives in housing location and choices as the first-line of defense in making communities more resilience to hazards. Four thematic areas guide the work:

                1) examine location and housing decisions specifically how potential renters and buyers understand hazard risk and mitigation options for housing,
                2) identify the range of residential mitigation options based on individual hazard assessments and building information,
                3) understand resilience dynamics particularly determining the geospatial distribution of vulnerability, hazard risks, resilience, and mitigation opportunities and develop the actionable information into a user-center tool to support housing decision-making; and
                4) provide interactive case study analyses on resilience strategies and policies at local scales especially involving stakeholders in translating practice to refinements and testing of the HazardAware© tool.

HVRI is contributing to themes 2 and 3 by contributing data and downscaling computations for SoVI® and BRIC metrics in the study region and how to integrate such actionable data into the HazardAware© application. The Moore School contribution focuses on theme 1 in developing choice models for mitigation options and understanding risk.


Project Lead Investigators: Dr. Christopher T. Emrich (UCF) and Dr. Melanie Gall (ASU)


Funding: Gulf Research Program, Thriving Communities Program