Quantitative Methods in Defense and National Security 2007

A Post-Katrina Survey in New Orleans: Sampling the Unsettled
David Banks, (Duke University), banks@stat.duke.edu


After Katrina, the NSF funded a number of projects to study the impact of the disaster and the issues affecting recovery. This talk describes one such project, a survey of Katrina refugees to identify the factors that influenced their decision on whether or not to evacuate before the storm struck, and the factors that affected the quality of their post-evacuation experience. As part of this project, the researchers learned a number of lessons that should usefully inform other survey efforts undertaken in the context of disaster response.

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