DRC-Disaster Research Center

Recent Quick Response Studies

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“Rapid: Post-Earthquake Fires in March 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami”
Location: Japan 2011
Principal Investigator: Rachel Davidson
Funding Institution: National Science Foundation


“Rapid: The Tohoku Earthquake Catastrophe: Transforming Planning and Response”
Location: Tohoku, Japan 2011
Principal Investigator: James Kendra
Funding Institution: National Science Foundation


“Rapid: San Bruno, California Gas Pipeline Explosion and Fire”
Location: San Bruno, California 2010
Principal Investigator: Rachel Davidson
Funding Institution: National Science Foundation

On September 9, 2010, in San Bruno, California, a suburb of San Francisco, a 30-inch steel natural gas pipeline exploded in flames, igniting a fire that ultimately killed seven residents and damaged or destroyed dozens of houses. This RAPID proposal requests funds to study the San Bruno explosion and fire with the aims of (a) improving understanding of how urban fires spread and are suppressed, (b) supporting development and validation of next-generation urban fire simulation models, and (c) advancing theories of resilience. An interdisciplinary field team will gather data that will provide a holistic account of the event across the engineering and social sciences. In particular, the team will examine the composition and distribution of structures, rate and means of fire spread, local topography and weather conditions, and elements of multiorganizational coordination and decisionmaking.

“Rapid: The Forgotten Aspects of Evacuation: Mass Evacuee Processing and Care by Host Communities”
Location: Haiti Earthquake 2010
Principal Investigator: Joanne Nigg
Funding Institution: National Science Foundation


“Collaborative Rapid Response: Field Investigation on Comparative Performance of Alternative Humanitarian Logistic Structures”
Location: Haiti Earthquake 2010
Principal Investigator: Tricia Wachtendorf
Funding Institution: National Science Foundation

As part of a National Science Foundation grant to study emergency logistics and relief convergence after disasters, this quick response effort allowed researchers to collect valuable data on the catastrophic earthquake and begin to understand some of the complexities of the international involvement.

Wachtendorf, spent eight days in the Miami, Florida area where her work focused on formal and informal relief efforts. She was also able to observe repatriates processed through Miami airport as well as learn about the organizations involved in this effort to assist tens of thousands of Haitian Americans as they attempt to leave Haiti for the United States. The quick response team also included Jenniffer Santos-Hernández, a doctoral candidate in sociology and research assistant at the Disaster Research Center. She traveled to the Dominican Republic in January to collect information about the role that country was playing in the relief provision.