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Hurricane Stress Linked to Stillbirths

By Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita significantly increased the number of stillbirths in the Louisiana parishes most affected by the storms, new research suggests.

The 2005 hurricanes resulted in almost 2,000 deaths of children and adults, but researchers have concluded that as many as 205 excess fetal deaths should be added to the toll in the six hardest hit parishes.

Using data on housing damage gathered by the federal government, researchers found that between 117 and 205 stillbirths in the six most severely affected parishes could be attributed to distress caused by the storms — an estimated 17.4 to 30.6 percent of all storm-related deaths in those areas.

Writing in The Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health, the authors acknowledge that their figures are rough approximations. Housing data does not capture the full extent of the loss, and the forced migration of many people complicates the picture. Still, they estimate that for every 1 percent increase in the destruction of houses, there was a 1.7 percent increase in fetal deaths.

“You can have two mothers with equal characteristics — age, race,and so on,” said the lead author, Sammy Zahran, an associate professor of demography at Colorado State University, “but if one happens to be in a more severely destroyed area, the risk of still birth is higher.”

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Somewhere in the world, a disaster occurs each day. Sometimes the impacts are felt locally, such as the recent wildfires near Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado, that destroyed 605 homes. Other times, the event reaches across state and national boundaries, such as Hurricane Sandy along the east coast, and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Globally, the number of natural disasters has increased fourfold during the past three decades—from about 120 per year during the 1980s to roughly 500 per year now.  These disasters, which claim tens of thousands of lives each year, exert a disproportionate impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable individuals.

At the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University, we engage in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities for the primary purpose of reducing human vulnerability to disasters and increasing individual and community capacity to prepare for and recover from hazard events.


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SHOREline Project Overview

Please check out this video featuring Dr. David Abramson and Dr. Lori Peek, the co-founders and co-directors of SHOREline! Here they are describing the background and development of this post-disaster recovery and youth empowerment program.


SHOREline Recruitment Video

Are you a high school student during the 2013-2014 academic year? Do you see challenges in your community that young people could address if they had the chance? Would you like to make a difference and meet new people from across the Gulf Coast and beyond? If you answered "Yes!" and you attend one of the following five high schools in the Gulf Coast areas, get an application at www.shoreline.ncdp.columbia.edu today. Grand Isle School, LA; Benjamin Franklin High School, LA; South LaFourche High School, LA; Gulfport High School, MS; and Bryant High School, AL.


Youth Creating Disaster Recovery



Brett Blair is a master's student in intercultural and international communication at Royal Roads University. Through a compelling video piece, Brett showcases the work of SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship-funded colleague Robin Cox, who studies youth empowerment as part of disaster recovery. Emphasizing the research's model of participatory, creative engagement, Blair's video also explores the increasingly-vocal youth demographic and its impact on shaping disaster policy and practice.

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/storytellers

Gulf Oil Spill Research Goes Mobile with AT&T

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August 23, 2012 - Following disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health deploys a field team to collect research on the health, social and economic impacts on people who live within disaster zones. Under an agreement with AT&T, the NCDP uses the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 on AT&T's network to conduct surveys in the field and instantly share feedback with their team in New York.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.ncdp.mailman.columbia.edu/

http://www.corp.att.com/edu/highered/

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/tablets.html

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Dispersant Experiment

July 28, 2012 - The BP oil spill made international headlines two summers ago as images of stained beaches and oil-soaked pelicans portrayed what might have been the nation’s greatest ecological disaster.  Along with their massive PR efforts, British Petroleum had another method of keeping the spill from sinking their business – the chemical dispersant Corexit.  In the months following the spill, over two million gallons were sprayed and injected into the Gulf of Mexico and so began the great experiment…

After six months of filming in the Gulf in 2010, our first project, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Dispersant Experiment” draws from local residents, a variety of experts, and an in-depth lab experiment to exposes the truth about BP’s cleanup in the Gulf.

Please help share our piece as we aim to spread this truth and combat the multi-million dollar PR campaign that claims all is well.  As legal battles continue to play out, it is not too late to bring justice to the people of the Gulf.


NEED TO KNOW: Preserving memories after Sandy

The Brooklyn-based nonprofit "Care for Sandy" has emerged as one of the critical grassroots groups helping residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy save some of their most cherished memories. For more: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/

 

 

 


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CDRA Faculty Affiliate, Dr. Stephanie Malin, Receives Two Prestigious Awards

The Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis would like you to join us in recognizing faculty affiliate and CSU Assistant Professor in Sociology, Dr. Stephanie Malin, who recently received two prestigious awards. Dr. Malin was awarded an Early Career Research Award by the Rural Sociological Association, which provides awards of up to $5000 to stimulate research that will help develop the careers of future rural sociologists andsupport the broader mission of the Rural Sociological Society.

In addition, Dr. Malin was also one of three faculty members named as the CSU Water Center’s 2014-2015 Faculty Fellows. Dr. Malin will receive just over $10,000 in support of her research project entitled “When Water Rights Ebb into Energy Development: Unconventional Oil & Gas Development and Changes to Water Allocation in Northern Colorado.” Please join us in congratulating Dr. Malin on these two excellent achievements!