New Report Investigates Hurricane Evacuation Behavior

Hurricane Behavioral Study

Behavioral Analysis for Southeast Louisiana Hurricane Events

BATON ROUGE – The people of Southeast Louisiana are no strangers to evacuations, with three hurricanes—Katrina, Gustave, and Isaac—affecting the region in the past 12 years. The Stephenson Disaster Management Institute (SDMI), LSU’s applied research unit and a national leader in disaster preparedness practice, led a new study sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on evacuation behavior in the region. The study examined the impacts of these events on the region, and the planning implications for future evacuation-related events, with the goal of providing state and local officials better data on expected behavior to assist in preparing for future evacuations.

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