How Mitigation Helped Houston Households in Hurricane Harvey
Speaker: Sara Grineski, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Center for Natural and Technological Hazards at the University of Utah
Webinar Description: Mitigating homes against flooding can have benefits far beyond keeping structures safe—they can improve the health outcomes of the people that live in them, as well. Join Sara Grineski as she discusses her research comparing preparedness before Hurricane Harvey with exposure, health effects, and recovery after. The research leverages a pre- and post-event sample of greater Houston households to establish baselines for disaster preparedness and flood hazard mitigation, explore household-level effects, and examine how preparedness and mitigation relate to health, event exposure, and recovery after disaster. Results revealed that greater pre-event mitigation was associated with fewer physical health problems, lower posttraumatic stress, and faster recovery times.