Current Events Spotlight: Hurricane Matthew

Current Events Spotlight: Hurricane Matthew

As Hurricane Matthew rotates towards the southern and eastern coastlines of the United States as a Category 4 hurricane with 140 mile per hour winds, EKU students are provided with a rare occasion to follow the news and apply, in real-time, disaster management concepts learned in class.

“This week, we covered common response functions in our Foundations of Disaster Management course,” indicated Dr. Chad Foster. “These include hazard detection, issuing alerts and warnings, and evacuating residents in harm way toward places of refuge. This week, students see firsthand how these functions are performed by authorities by simply turning on the news.”

Historically, hurricanes along with flooding and earthquakes rank near the top of the most costly types of disasters in the United States.

Meanwhile, students in the Mitigation and Disaster Recovery course are estimating flood losses using modeling software provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The models help student identify areas prone to flooding caused by hurricanes and other forms of severe weather. This data is useful to communities when crafting strategies for evacuating residents, locating and activating shelters, and determining routes for reentering areas following a hurricane.

“We use many case studies and historical examples in courses,” said Foster. “However, it is rare to cover concepts in class while disasters themselves are unfolding.”

For additional information on EKU’s homeland security program and concentration in disaster management, visit:  www.homelandsecurity.eku.edu 

Published on October 07, 2016

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