DRC-Disaster Research Center

Archived Studies

Disaster-Resistant Community Initiative: Evaluation of the Pilot Phase

Principal Investigators: Joanne Nigg (PI) and Kathleen Tierney (Co-PI)
Graduate Research Assistants: Tricia Wachtendorf, Rory Connell, Jasmin Riad, Angela Tweedy, Lisa Reshaur, Brian Monahan
Funding Agencies:Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

 

Study Description

In 1997, the Federal Emergency Management Agency began the pilot stage of Project Impact, a program designed to encourage local communities to step up their efforts to contain disaster losses through mitigation and preparedness activities. The goals of the program were to mobilize community-level organizations and resources to reduce disaster-related damage and disruption through the adoption of new loss- reduction strategies and to help communities develop ways of coping with disasters when they do occur. Using face-to-face and telephone interviews and focus group methodology, DRC charted the implementation of Project Impact in the seven pilot communities and then in ten additttional Project Impact Communities.

 

Study Related Publications

2001 Focus Group Report:Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Local Community Representatives Share Their Views: Year 3 Focus Group Final Project Report Tricia Wachtendorf and Kathleen J. Tierney. Disaster Research Center University of Delaware, July 2001.

Final Project Report #40: Executive Summary: Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Evaluation of the Pilot Phase Year 1 Joanne M. Nigg, Jasmin K. Riad, Tricia Wachtendorf, Angela Tweedy and Lisa Reshaur, 1998. 891 kb

Final Project Report #41:Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Evaluation of the Pilot Phase Year 2 (2000) Joanne M. Nigg, Jasmin K. Riad,Tricia Wachtendorf, and Kathleen J. Tierney 294 kb

Final Project Report #42:Executive Summary: Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Evaluation of the Pilot Phase Year 2 (2000) Kathleen J. Tierney 87 kb

Final Project Report #43: Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Focus Group Analysis (2000) Tricia Wachtendorf, Jasmin K. Riad, and Kathleen J. Tierney 358 kb

Final Project Report #47: Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Local Community Representatives Share Their Views: Year Three Focus Group Final Project Report Tricia Wachtendorf and Kathleen J. Tierney, 2001. 1.83 mb

Final Project Report #48: Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Assessment of Ten Non-Pilot Communities Tricia Wachtendorf, Rory Connell, Brian Monahan, and Kathleen Tierney, 2002. 416 kb

Final Project Report #49 Disaster Resistant Communities Initiative: Assesment of the Pilot Phase-Year-3 Tricia Wachtendorf, Rory Connell, and Kathleen Tierney, with assistance from Kristy Kompanik.  2002. 416 kb