Examining post-evaluation plans for hurricane evacuees using Westerly, Rhode Island as a test case

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dc.contributor.advisor Zimmermann, Petra A.
dc.contributor.author Murray, Matthew C. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-ri en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-09T15:32:31Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-09T15:32:31Z
dc.date.created 2009 en_US
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/123456789/193499
dc.description.abstract This thesis presents hypothetical return plans for hurricane evacuees who have previously evacuated their residence in southern Rhode Island. Using Geographic Information Systems software, appropriate time tables for evacuees to return to their homes are generated. Two case scenarios based on Category 3 and 4 intensity hurricanes making landfall in Westerly, Rhode Island were simulated. Over the last century, population and especially home values in coastal Rhode Island have increased leaving great risk to those in the area. Statistically, hurricanes are less likely to strike Rhode Island than the Gulf Coast or the Southeastern United States. However, within the last century dangerous and damaging hurricanes have affected Rhode Island. This lower frequency of hurricanes decreases awareness and emphasizes the need for further research. Reentry zones for each scenario are defined and ranked by severity of damage using debris, building damage, potential economic loss and population displacements with HAZUS software. Results from both Category 3 and Category 4 test cases show that the downtown census tract experiences the greatest amount of damage and longest return times for evacuees.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Geography
dc.format.extent xi, 67 p. : digital, PDF file, ill. (chiefly col.), maps (some col.) en_US
dc.source CardinalScholar 1.0 en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Evacuation of civilians--Rhode Island--Westerly (Town)--Planning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Hurricanes--Rhode Island--Westerly (Town)--Computer simulation
dc.title Examining post-evaluation plans for hurricane evacuees using Westerly, Rhode Island as a test case en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.S.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1505328 en_US


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    Master's theses submitted to the Graduate School by Ball State University master's degree candidates in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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