Assessing the Quality of Rural Hazard Mitigation Plans in the Southeastern United States

Jennifer Horney, Mai Nguyen, David Salvesen, Caroline Dwyer, John Cooper, Philip Berke

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Abstract

High-quality hazard mitigation plans may improve postdisaster outcomes in many ways, including establishing a community fact base and providing rationales for protective policies and actions. Hazard mitigation plans in eighty-four rural counties in the Southeastern United States were scored using an established protocol. To supplement quantitative data, twenty-one key informant interviews were conducted in a subsample of seven counties. While overall plan quality was poor, informants identified areas for improvement. Understanding potential shortcomings of rural hazard mitigation plans can help communities identify areas to direct limited resources to improve plans, particularly in communities that self-identify as highly vulnerable to disasters.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pages56-65
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Planning Education and Research
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2017

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Assessing the Quality of Rural Hazard Mitigation Plans in the Southeastern United States. / Horney, Jennifer; Nguyen, Mai; Salvesen, David; Dwyer, Caroline; Cooper, John; Berke, Philip.

In: Journal of Planning Education and Research, Vol. 37, No. 1, 01.03.2017, p. 56-65.

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Horney, Jennifer ; Nguyen, Mai ; Salvesen, David ; Dwyer, Caroline ; Cooper, John ; Berke, Philip. / Assessing the Quality of Rural Hazard Mitigation Plans in the Southeastern United States. In: Journal of Planning Education and Research. 2017 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 56-65
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