Networks for Hazard Preparedness and Response

In Texas, the most deadly and costly natural disaster is flooding. Preparation and response are limited because existing flood and risk maps don't account for the ways that river flooding, surface flooding, storm surges, and terrain interact. By overlaying new, finely tuned flood maps over specially designed street maps that indicate all known structures, residences, and even which communities are most vulnerable, state agencies and local governments can respond to disasters faster and allocate resources better. This project will focus specifically on communities in Southeast Austin and Southeast Texas that have seen significant flooding events. We will also design a Texas Disaster Decision Theatre where academics and policymakers can come together to experience hazard simulations and work collaboratively to devise new policies and practices that keep Texans safer.

Team Members
Paola Passalacqua
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Patrick Bixler
LBJ School of Public Affairs
Harry Evans
Center for Water and the Environment
David Arctur
Center for Water and the Environment
David Maidment
Center for Water and the Environment
Steven Boyles
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Christine Thies
Center for Water and the Environment
Geeta Persad
Geological Sciences
Suzanne Pierce
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Teresa Jarriel
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Daniel Hardesty Lewis
Texas Advanced Computing Center
Yajie Li
LBJ School of Public Affairs