Natural Disasters

Along the northern Gulf of Mexico, the vulnerability of rural counties/parishes has become more apparent due to the occurrence of more natural disasters during the last decade as shown by disaster declartions made by the Federal Emergency Mangament Agency (FEMA) and the Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the United States (SHELDUS).  Although natural hazards cannot be prevented, with disaster preparedness knowledge, awareness and practices, the recovery period can be expedited.

In an effort to enhance county/parish resiliency, our research will provide disaster-sensitive economic planning and recovery strategies to rural counties and parishes which are facing increasing risks and uncertainties associated with hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and droughts.  Click on the links below to view maps and descriptions of natural disasters that have affected the CURIS Region.