Frequently Asked Questions

What types of hazards does HRRC study?

The HRRC studies the full range of natural and technological hazards. The natural phenomena include floods, hurricanes,earthquakes, tornadoes, and drought. Technological hazards include chemical and nuclear plant accidents, transportation accidents, and pipeline explosions.

What is the purpose of this research activity?

Their are two purposes of the research. First, research aims to reduce the vulnerability of communities to natural and technological hazards by enhancing mitigation and preparedness activities. Second, research findings can contribute to the recovery of communities that have been struck by disaster by improving response and long-range recovery activities.

What types of problems does the HRRC study?

HRRC engages in a wide-ranging program of research. Among the topics are hurricane warning, shelter damage assessment and recovery, tornado warning systems and impacts, community mitigation activities for earthquakes, the epidemiology of death and injuries in disaster, urban search and rescue, and community disaster preparedness.

Who funds the research of the center?

HRRC research activities are supported by a variety of institutions and organizations. Basic support is provided by Texas A&M University and the College of Architecture. Outside support comes from such groups as the National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, World Resources Institute, Australian Research Council, Texas Division of Emergency Management, and Texas Sea Grant Program.

How are the research findings disseminated?

HRRC distributes research results through a number of channels. The HRRC Publications Series includes books, research monographs, reports and articles that are available from the Center. Information is provided to both the research community and emergency management officials through presentations at conferences, annual meetings and workshops, and through the publication of books, monographs and papers in scholarly and applied journals.

Does the HRRC engage in any activities in addition to research?

HRRC offers an Extension Program in hazard and disaster preparedness and management. Working with the Texas Agriculture Extension Service, extension specialists within the HRRC have developed instructional material and offered workshops with local hazard and emergency officials.

How can I obtain more information about the HRRC?

Requests for articles or questions should be sent to:

Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center
College of Architecture
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-3137
hrrc@arch.tamu.edu
Phone: (979) 845-7813
Fax: (979) 845-5121