Resilient and Equitable Communities Post-Disaster

Team members: Gavin Smith, Professor of Landscape Architect, NC State, Nora Schwaller, PhD Candidate at UNC; Amanda Martin, PhD Candidate at UNC

Two thousand and seventeen marks the costliest year on record for disasters in the United States. The damage toll for the sixteen disaster events that year totaled more than $309 billion. The rising cost of disasters and the human suffering that occur in the aftermath have made the call to plan communities resiliently and prepare and mitigate the effects of climate change more important than at any other time in history.

A new generation of leadership in planning and policy making are needed to facilitate a return to a new normal post-disaster, in which communities are defined by more equity and socially cohesion, local economic diversification, a reduction in robust physical and social vulnerabilities, and where the natural environment is protected and restored.  Since 2016, my research team has studied the post-disaster recovery process in Eastern North Carolina following Hurricane Matthew.  In 2018, Hurricane Florence hit land in many of the same areas as Hurricane Matthew, causing massive destruction and devastation. Over 100,000 homes were affected by Florence.

2017               Nguyen, Mai Thi, Frescoln, Kirstin*, Martin, Amanda*, Peterson, Jonathan*, and Samantha Farley*.  Recovering Affordable Housing in Eastern North Carolina Post-Hurricane Matthew: A Strategy Forward. Chapel Hill, NC: Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative. [Article]

2017               Horney, Jennifer, Mai Thi Nguyen, David Salvesen, Caroline Dwyer*, Shannon Grabich*, and Philip Berke.  Assessing the quality of rural hazard mitigation plans in the Southeastern US. Journal of Planning Education and Research 37(1): 56-65. [Article]

2016               Horney, Jennifer, Mai Thi Nguyen, David Salvesen, Olivia Tomasco*, and Philip Berke.  Engaging the Public in Planning for Disaster.  International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 17: 33-37 [Article]

2014               Nguyen, Mai Thi and David Salvesen.  Disaster Recovery Among Multi-ethnic Immigrants: A Case Study of Southeast Asians in Bayou La Batre, Alabama after Hurricane Katrina.  Journal of the American Planning Association, 80:4, 385-396, DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2014.986497 [Article]

2013               Horney, Jennifer, Mai Thi Nguyen, John Cooper, Philip Berke, David Salvesen, Matthew Simon, and Kristen Ricchetti-Mastersen. “Accounting for vulnerable populations in rural hazard mitigation plans: Results of a survey of emergency managers.   Journal of Emergency Management 11(3): 205-211. [Article]