DRC-Disaster Research Center

Quick Response Studies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hurricane Katrina (2005)

 

Study Descriptions

Begining less than one month after the disaster, ten researchers from the University of Delaware’s Disaster Research Center (DRC) travled to areas through out Louisiana, Missippi, and Houston conducting interviews, collecting documents, and making systematic observations in the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina. Field teams visited a variety of locations including Houston, Texas (the Astrodome and the Reliant Arena); Mississippi (including Biloxi, Gulfport, Long Beach, and Pass Christian); and Louisiana (including Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and St. Tammany). Specific sites visited included the Joint Field Office (JFO)–the headquarters for the federal response to Katrina—and shelters in the three states. Extensive field observations were also conducted at local response centers, Disaster Recovery Centers, and impacted zones. DRC teams talked to local, state, and federal officials; relief workers; evacuees; and others who responded to the hurricane and consequent flooding. In order to maximize data collection, two instruments were developed that addressed a range of issues related to this event, one was targeted at evacuaee expereinces and the other focused on organziaitonal issues. DRC and the university of Delaware provided funding for this field work in addittion to the external grant agencies listed below.

"Disaster Realities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Revisiting the Looting Myth"; Principal Investigator: Lauren Barsky; Funding Agency: Quick Response Grant from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder

To Rebuild or to Relocate? An Investigation of Post-Catastrophe Housing Decisions among Hurricane Katrina Survivors. Principal Investigator: John Barnshaw Undergraduate Funding Agency: Quick Response Grant from the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder

Characterization of the Supply Chains in the Aftermath of an Extreme Event: The Gulf Coast Experience. DRC Co-Principal Investigator: Tricia Wachtendorf (with Jose Holguin-Veras and Satish Ukkusuri, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Funding agency: National Science Foundation

Study Related Publications

2005

Barnshaw, John “The Continuing Significance of Race and Class among Houston Hurricane Katrina  Evacuees.” Natural Hazards Observer, Vol. 30, No. 2, (November, 2005) Pp. 11-13.

Dynes, Russell R. and Havidán Rodríguez “Finding and Framing Katrina: The Social Construction of Disaster.” In “Understanding Katrina: Perspectives from the Social Sciences” (http:// understandingkatrina.ssrc.org), Social Science Research Council, 2005.

Quarantelli, E. L. “Catastrophes are Different From Disasters: Some Implications for Crisis Planning and Managing Drawn From Katrina.” In “Understanding Katrina: Perspectives from the Social Sciences” (http://understandingkatrina.ssrc.org), Social Science Research Council, 2005.

2006

Barnshaw, John “Beyond Disaster: Locating Hurricane Katrina within an Inequality Context.” Pp. 47–70 in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wakeof Hurricane Katrina. Boulder, CO: Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006.

Barsky, Lauren E. “Disaster Realities Following Katrina: Revisiting the Looting Myth.” Pp. 215–234 in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake ofHurricane Katrina. Boulder, CO: Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006.

Barsky, Lauren, Joseph Trainor, and Manuel Torres Disaster Realities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina: Revisiting theLooting Myth. Natural Hazards Center Quick Response Report Number 184,
February, 2006. Boulder, Colorado: Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado at Boulder. Miscellaneous Report No. 53.

Nigg, Joanne M., John Barnshaw, and Manuel R. Torres “Hurricane Katrina and the Flooding of New Orleans: Emergent Issues in Sheltering and Temporary Housing.” Shelter from the Storm: Repairing the National Emergency Management System after Hurricane Katrina, special
issue of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 604, pp. 113–128.

Rodrìguez, Havidàn and Benigno E. Aguirre “Hurricane Katrina and the Healthcare Infrastructure: A Focus on Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Resiliency.” Frontiers of Health Services
Management, Vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 13–24.

Rodrìguez, Havidàn, Joseph Trainor, and Enrico L. Quarantelli “Rising to the Challenges of a Catastrophe: The Emergent and Prosocial Behavior
following Hurricane Katrina.” Shelter from the Storm: Repairing the National Emergency Management System after Hurricane Katrina, special issue of TheAnnals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Vol. 604, pp. 82–101

Santos-Hernandez, Jenniffer M. “‘Losing Everything:’ Undocumented Latino Workers and Hurricane Katrina.” Pp. 131–150 in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Boulder, CO: Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006.

Trainor, Joseph E., William Donner, and Manuel R. Torres “There for the Storm: Warning, Response, and Rescue Among Nonevacuees.”
Pp. 307–326 in Learning from Catastrophe: Quick Response Research in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina. Boulder, CO: Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2006.

2007

Barnshaw, John  and Joseph Trainor 2007. “Race, Class, and Capital amidst the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora.” Pp. 91–105 in The Sociology of Katrina: Perspectives on the Modeern Catastrophe edited by David L. Brunsma, David Overfelt, and J. Steven Picou. Boulder, Colorado: Rowan & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Study Related Presentations

2006


Aguirre, Benigno, Richard Buck, and Joseph Trainor “Finding the Incident to Which Incident Command is the Solution.” Presented at the Conference on Mental Health Consequences of Recent Disasters: FromOklahoma City to Katrina, Health Science Center, University of Texas, San Antonio, Texas, September, 2006.

Barnshaw, John “Beyond Disaster: Locating Hurricane Katrina within an Inequality Context.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 11–14, 2006.

Barnshaw, John and Lauren Ross “The Color of Politics and Poverty in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the 31st Annual Hazards Research and Applications Workshop, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, July 9–12, 2006. 14

Barnshaw, John, and Manuel R. Torres “Religion is the Explanation of the People: Emerging Religious Themes in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern
Sociological Society, Boston, Massachusetts, February 24, 2006.

Barnshaw, John, Manuel R. Torres, and Lauren Ross “Hurricane Katrina: A Disaster Forty Years in the Making.” Presented at the 36th Annual Conference, Association of Black Sociologists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada,
August 9, 2006.

Barnshaw, John and Joseph Trainor “Race, Class and Capital Amidst the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora.” Presented at the 69th Annual Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24, 2006.

Brown, Bethany “Characterization of the Supply Chains in the Aftermath of Katrina: Logistical Issues and Lessons from an Integrated Social Sciences-Engineering Perspective.” Presented at the Katrina Research Symposium: Social Science Research of theKatrina Aftermath, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3–4, 2006.

Brown, Bethany “Communicating Convergence: Contending with Supplies Following Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the Katrina Research Symposium: Social Science Researchof the Katrina Aftermath, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3–4, 2006.

Brown, Bethany “Hurricane Katrina and Domestic Violence Shelters: An Organizational Analysis.” Presented as part of the Women’s Studies Fall Lecture Series, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, November 15, 2006.

Donner, William “Public Warning Response to Hurricane Katrina: A Preliminary Analysis.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA), Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 11–14, 2006.

Holguin-Veras, Jose, Noel Perez, Satish Ukkusuri, Tricia Wachtendorf, and Bethany Brown “Characterization of the Supply Chains in the Aftermath of Katrina: Logistical Issues and Lessons From and Integrated Social Sciences-Engineering Perspective.” Presented at the National Science Foundation’s Human and Social Dynamics Principal Investigators Meeting, Washington, D.C., September 14–15, 2006. Also presented at the Katrina Research Symposium: Social Science Research of theKatrina Aftermath, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3, 2006.

Letukas, Lynn “Hurricane Katrina: Lessons Learned.” Presented at the 69th Annual Southern Sociological Society Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 24, 2006.

Rodrìguez, Havidàn “From the Indian Ocean Tsunami to Katrina: The Social Construction of Disasters and Catastrophes.” Annual Faculty Lecture, University of Delaware Morris Library, Newark, Delaware, June 1, 2006.

Rodrìguez, Havidàn “Emergent Behavior, Resiliency, and Hurricane Katrina: An In-depth Focus on the Healthcare System.” Presented at the Research Committee on Disaster Session, International Sociological Association, Durban, South Africa, July 25, 2006.

Rodrìguez, Havidàn and Benigno Aguirre “The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Medical and Healthcare Infrastructure: A Focus on Disaster Preparedness, Response, and Resiliency.” Presented at The Dynamics of Societal Resilience Small Group Meeting, Australian Government, Department of Defence, Defence Science and Technology Organisation, University House, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, May 22–23, 2006.

Rodrìguez, Havidàn and Russell R. Dynes “Finding and Framing Katrina: The Social Construction of Disaster.” Presented in the Plenary Session The Social Construction of Disaster: The Aftermath ofHurricane Katrina, 69th Annual Meeting of the Southern Sociological Society, New Orleans, March 25, 2006.

Santos-Hernàndez, Jenniffer “Hispanics and the American Dream or the American Delusion: Intersecting Structural Properties in Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the Panel: The Politicsof Exclusion in Latin America, 36th Annual Conference, Association of Black Sociologists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 9, 2006.

Trainor, Joseph “Organizations in action: Understanding the Katrina Response.” Presented at the Academy of Lifelong Learning, University of Delaware Wilmington Campus, Wilmington, Delaware, April 17, 2006.

Wachtendorf, Tricia “Exploring Social Vulnerability in Hurricane Katrina.” Presented as part of the Research on Race, Ethnicity and Culture Lecture Series, University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, April 12, 2006.

Wachtendorf, Tricia, Bethany Brown, Jose Holguin-Veras, Satish Ukkusuri, and Noel Perez “Communicating Convergence: Contending with Supplies Following Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the Katrina Research Symposium: Social Science Researchof the Katrina Aftermath, New Orleans, Louisiana, November 3, 2006.

2007

John Barnshaw “Theoretical Approaches to Evacuation in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the 57th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, August 12, 2007, New York, New York.

John Barnshaw, Joseph Trainor, Lynn Letukas, and Lauren Ross
“Intersections and Implications of Evacuation amidst Hurricane Katrina.”
Presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 15, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lauren Barsky “Looting in Disasters: An Examination of Looting Behavior in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society For the Study of Social Problems, August 12, 2007, New York, New York.

Lauren Barsky and John Barnshaw “Public Policy Implications for Looting in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the 1st Annual Graduate Student Conference at University of Delaware, March 9, 2007, Newark, Delaware.

Lauren Barsky and John Barnshaw “Looting, Public Policy and Disaster: Implications and Intersections for Intervention.” Presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society, March 15, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

John Barnshaw “Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina.” Presented at the Spring Lecture Series of the Newark Public Library, April 24, 2007, Newark, Delaware.

John Barnshaw and Lynn Letukas “Hurricane Katrina: What You Need to Know.” Presented at the Kristol Center for Jewish Life, University of Delaware, March 5, 2007, Newark, Delaware.