Dr. Tricia Wachtendorf, is the Associate Director of the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware, the world's oldest research center devoted to the social science aspects of disasters. She is a leading expert in emergency preparedness, disaster response, and post-disaster relief. She is available for interviews on how residents and organizations prepare for hurricanes such as Hurricanes Julio and Iselle as well as response activities following such storms. Her areas of expertise include social behaviors in disasters, the coordination between organizations in disasters and social vulnerability to disasters. She has conducted reconnaissance fieldwork following at the Red River Flood (1997), 9/11 New York City terrorist attacks, Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), Hurricane Katrina, Wenchuan China earthquake (2008), Haiti earthquake (2010) and Japan tsunami (2011) . She has extensive media experience including interviews in the LA Times, USA Today and ABC News.