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Released: 2-Jun-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Homeowner Handbooks Help Prepare for Natural Disasters
Gulf of Mexico Alliance

The Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Disasters is a critical resource for anyone wanting to reduce the risks to their family and property from natural hazards. The handbook covers essential information on emergency preparedness, evacuation planning, flood/wind insurance, and steps to protect life and property.

Released: 1-Jun-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Simulations Indicate Heightened Risks When Pandemic and Hurricane Season Overlap
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

As coastal communities prepare for the possibility of hurricanes this summer and fall, they are doing so amid the uncertain landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic — a crisis that has already taxed health care systems, governments, and supply chains. A faculty and student team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been modeling how the combined disasters may make community recovery vastly more difficult. What they have found serves as a stark warning to policymakers preparing for hurricane season.

28-May-2020 11:35 AM EDT
Lessening water quality problems caused by hurricane-related flooding
American Chemical Society (ACS)

June 1 is the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic, with flooding often the most damaging effect of tropical storms. Now, in ACS’ Environmental Science & Technology, researchers study water quality impacts of two recent hurricanes in North Carolina and suggest interventions to protect susceptible areas.

Newswise: Long term data show hurricanes are getting stronger
14-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Long term data show hurricanes are getting stronger
University of Wisconsin-Madison

In almost every region of the world where hurricanes form, their maximum sustained winds are getting stronger. That is according to a new study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Center for Environmental Information and University of WisconsinMadison Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies, who analyzed nearly 40 years of hurricane satellite imagery.

Released: 13-May-2020 3:15 PM EDT
'Hurricanes from scratch': FSU researchers find even small disturbances can trigger catastrophic storms
Florida State University

You’ve probably seen the satellite images that show a hurricane developing: thick white clouds clumping together, arms spinning around a central eye as it heads for the coast. After decades of research, meteorologists still have questions about how hurricanes develop.

Released: 7-May-2020 12:15 PM EDT
FSU Research: For better emergency management planning, consider stress and frustration
Florida State University

When a hurricane is dangerous enough to prompt evacuations, thousands of people find themselves fleeing at once. Emergency planning officials want to know the best ways to safely and quickly evacuate their residents. That’s often meant focusing on a single objective, like moving people out of danger in the fastest way possible. But researchers at the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering and Florida State University’s Department of Psychology have developed models that account for multiple considerations in a crisis, including the physical and mental demands on evacuees, especially vulnerable populations.

Newswise: The Growing Impact of the Team Awareness Kit
Released: 5-May-2020 1:05 PM EDT
The Growing Impact of the Team Awareness Kit
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

The Team Awareness Kit (TAK) is the emerging DHS-wide solution for situational awareness. Its exceptional tactical value has been proven time and again.

Released: 4-May-2020 3:10 PM EDT
FSU hurricane experts available to provide analysis throughout the season
Florida State University

By: Bill Wellock | Published: May 4, 2020 | 2:42 pm | SHARE: From prediction to insurance consideration to ecological aftermath, Florida State University experts are among the world leaders in the study of hurricanes and their impact on people, property and the environment. These experts are available to answer media questions and provide perspective for news stories throughout the 2020 hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov.

Newswise: Hurricanes twist evolution in island lizards
Released: 28-Apr-2020 8:45 AM EDT
Hurricanes twist evolution in island lizards
Washington University in St. Louis

A good grip can mean the difference between life and death for lizards in a hurricane -- and as a result, populations hit more frequently by hurricanes have larger toepads. A new study from Washington University in St. Louis is the first to demonstrate evolutionary response to hurricanes on a wide geographic scale.

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Released: 9-Mar-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Rain, more than wind, led to massive toppling of trees in Hurricane Maria, says study
Earth Institute at Columbia University

A new study says that hurricanes Irma and Maria combined in 2017 to knock down a quarter of the biomass contained in Puerto Rico's trees -- and that massive rainfall, more than wind, was a previously unsuspected key factor.

Newswise: UAlbany Atmospheric Scientist Leads $2 Million Project to Study Hurricane Intensity
Released: 30-Jan-2020 2:45 PM EST
UAlbany Atmospheric Scientist Leads $2 Million Project to Study Hurricane Intensity
University at Albany, State University of New York

Atmospheric scientist Brian Tang has been awarded $2.145 million from the Office of Naval Research (ONR) to help forecasters better understand and predict the rapid intensification of hurricanes.

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Released: 27-Jan-2020 3:40 PM EST
Earth's most biodiverse ecosystems face a perfect storm
Lancaster University

A combination of climate change, extreme weather and pressure from local human activity is causing a collapse in global biodiversity and ecosystems across the tropics, new research shows.

Newswise: Wetlands, crops can mitigate storm damage
to coastal cities, study led by UAH finds
Released: 13-Dec-2019 9:45 AM EST
Wetlands, crops can mitigate storm damage to coastal cities, study led by UAH finds
University of Alabama Huntsville

Coastal cities can be spared some wind destruction from intensifying hurricanes or tropical storm systems if they have functional wetland ecosystems and agricultural croplands in the area, according to new computer modeling.

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Released: 26-Nov-2019 10:05 AM EST
Prayers Can Crowd Out Donations for Disaster Victims
University of Wyoming

People who offer prayers for victims of natural disasters may be less likely to donate to those victims, according to research by a University of Wyoming economist.

Newswise: How hurricanes impact creatures from sea turtles to wild turkeys
Released: 5-Nov-2019 2:00 PM EST
How hurricanes impact creatures from sea turtles to wild turkeys
University of Georgia

Hurricanes can destroy nesting sites, reduce ocean oxygen, increase beetle populations inland

Newswise: Research On Large Storm Waves Could Help Lessen Their Impact On Coasts
Released: 29-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
Research On Large Storm Waves Could Help Lessen Their Impact On Coasts
Georgia Institute of Technology

An international team of researchers has analyzed months of data of large nearshore waves to provide new insights that could help improve the designs of a variety of coastal structures from seaports to seawalls to better withstand destructive waves.

Newswise: FSU Research: Strong Storms Often Generate Earthquake-Like Seismic Activity
Released: 15-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
FSU Research: Strong Storms Often Generate Earthquake-Like Seismic Activity
Florida State University

A Florida State University researcher has uncovered a new geophysical phenomenon where a hurricane or other strong storm can spark seismic events in the nearby ocean as strong as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake.

Released: 11-Oct-2019 3:05 AM EDT
Population Aging to Create Pockets of Climate Vulnerability in the US
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Population aging projections across the US show a divide between cities and rural areas, which could lead to pockets of vulnerability to climate change.

Released: 30-Sep-2019 3:05 PM EDT
UWM to Offer Tuition, Application Help to Bahamas Students Impacted by Hurricane
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE_The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is offering tuition and admissions assistance to students from the Bahamas impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Newswise: Brave new world: Simple changes in intensity of weather events
Released: 30-Sep-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Brave new world: Simple changes in intensity of weather events "could be lethal"
Washington University in St. Louis

Hurricane Dorian is the latest example of a frightening trend. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, more severe and more widespread as a consequence of climate change. New research from Washington University in St. Louis provides important new insights into how different species may fare under this new normal. Faced with unprecedented change, animals and plants are scrambling to catch up — with mixed results.

Newswise: Predicting a Hurricane’s Intensity Can Prove Difficult
Released: 27-Sep-2019 2:25 PM EDT
Predicting a Hurricane’s Intensity Can Prove Difficult
Nova Southeastern University

Many scientists have said that hurricanes are more intense than ever before – Cat. 4 or 5 storms used to be outliers, but today, it seems they are becoming the norm. Why? That’s the question a research team that includes a scientist from Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography is working to answer – they are looking what contributes to the rapid intensification of storms.

Newswise: WEBB Banks and Third Wave Volunteers Seek Urgent Support for the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Effort
Released: 5-Sep-2019 9:05 PM EDT
WEBB Banks and Third Wave Volunteers Seek Urgent Support for the Bahamas Hurricane Relief Effort
SafeProof.org

The current urgent needs of the Bahamian People require a massive infusion of aid. WEBB Banks has taken a leading role in obtaining the necessary donations that will enable Third Wave Volunteers to quickly and efficiently respond to the dire situation currently afflicting the Bahamas.

Released: 5-Sep-2019 3:30 PM EDT
Orlando Health Launches International Fundraising Campaign To Aid in Bahamian Hurricane Relief Efforts
Orlando Health

Describes how the international community can join with Orlando Health in supporting Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas

Released: 2-Sep-2019 12:00 AM EDT
Disaster Mental Health Resources Available Now for Hurricane Response and Recovery
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU)

Catastrophic natural disasters, such as hurricanes, cause extreme disruption and can be distressful for individuals, families and communities. Those receiving assistance as well as those involved in disaster management efforts can be affected. The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress has released 12 new resources to aid in the response and recovery efforts for affected communities.

Newswise: Extreme evolution: Researchers find hurricanes drive the evolution of more aggressive spiders
16-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Extreme evolution: Researchers find hurricanes drive the evolution of more aggressive spiders
McMaster University

Researchers at McMaster University who rush in after storms to study the behaviour of spiders have found that extreme weather events such as tropical cyclones may have an evolutionary impact on populations living in storm-prone regions, where aggressive spiders have the best odds of survival.

Newswise: Researchers Discover Rat-Borne Disease More Widespread in Puerto Rico Than Previously Thought
Released: 7-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers Discover Rat-Borne Disease More Widespread in Puerto Rico Than Previously Thought
Texas State University

The bacterial disease Leptospirosis poses a serious health threat to the residents of Puerto Rico, as new research, conducted in part at Texas State University, suggests that the disease is far more widespread on the island than previously believed.

Newswise: 5 Insurance Tips for Hurricane Season
Released: 5-Aug-2019 8:05 AM EDT
5 Insurance Tips for Hurricane Season
University of Georgia

With eight hurricanes predicted this season, an expert shares ways homeowners can be prepared.

Newswise: The ADCIRC Prediction System
Released: 30-Jul-2019 9:00 PM EDT
The ADCIRC Prediction System
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

APS uses modeling technology with a 30-year track record of providing accurate representations of coastal water movement, flooding, and storm impacts.

Newswise: Underwater gliders and marine robots improve hurricane predictions
Released: 18-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Underwater gliders and marine robots improve hurricane predictions
University of Georgia

Underwater gliders are being used to more accurately predict a storm’s intensity.

Released: 12-Jul-2019 2:05 PM EDT
What’s the Likelihood of a ‘Crawl’ Situation? UF Experts Dispel Alligator Attack Misconceptions
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

The new horror film "Crawl" centers around alligator attacks. The University of Florida's Croc Docs weigh in on the prevalence of alligator encounters.


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