The role of hurricane characteristics and storm track on evacuation decision making of Pensacola, Florida residents

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dc.contributor Weber, Joe
dc.contributor Ebersole, Sandy M.
dc.contributor.advisor Senkbeil, Jason Carl Rockman, Meganne S. 2017-03-01T17:21:54Z 2017-03-01T17:21:54Z 2014
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0001787
dc.identifier.other Rockman_alatus_0004M_12127
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Over the past four decades there have been numerous studies on hurricane evacuation. Despite a voluminous collection of literature, few studies have offered insight on whether or not evacuees make evacuation plans based on hurricane characteristics; specifically storm intensity, forward speed, and forecast track direction. In this research, residents of Pensacola, Florida and surrounding areas were surveyed and interviewed to understand the decision-making of residents that occupy a hurricane prone area. A survey was created to analyze variables that influence the decisions to stay or evacuate in the event of a hurricane making landfall. Participants were shown five different hypothetical hurricane warning graphic scenarios varying in speed and intensity. Respondents were asked if they chose to evacuate, their evacuation location, and to highlight the route they would travel to get to their destination for each scenario. No specific variables impeded evacuation. Pensacola residents evacuate in response to forecast tropical cyclone path and, to a lesser extent, intensity, and this influences their evacuation route. With this information, public officials may have a better understanding of how people perceive the threat of an incoming hurricane and inform evacuees of safe, efficient routes and destinations for the public to take in the event of an approaching storm.
dc.format.extent 86 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Geography
dc.subject.other Geographic information science and geodesy
dc.title The role of hurricane characteristics and storm track on evacuation decision making of Pensacola, Florida residents
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Geography Geography The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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