(Sandy Hook, NJ) ....NOAA Sea Grant is pleased to announce the award of $1.8M in grants to New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut to enhance the Nation’s ability to respond to disasters by closely examining how people responded to the warnings associated with storms like Sandy, what influenced the choices they made, and how they can be reached more effectively in the future.
Damages and economic losses from Storm Sandy were estimated to be nearly $37 billion in
The new NOAA Sea Grant project provides research funding to carry out an integrated research and outreach Coastal Storms Awareness Program. Close linkage of cutting edge risk communication science with targeted outreach to those who convey critical hazard information, will enhance the effectiveness of risk messaging, and help people choose their actions with a clear knowledge of the risks and consequences of their choice.
This sort of research was a critical recommendation of the 2013 NOAA Sandy Service Assessment. Peyton Robertson, Chair of the Assessment team, said "NOAA Sea Grant is providing critically needed funding to address several important recommendations from the Sandy Service Assessment, including the development of survey tools that can be used to better understand public response to coastal storms and the need to broaden and expand NOAA's social science capacity to better implement risk communications This work should lead to an improved response from coastal residents in the face of impending storms as they will better understand the true implications of the threats posed by events like Sandy."
New Jersey Sea Grant, New York Sea Grant, and Connecticut Sea Grant will coordinate a call for a national research competition sponsored by the three programs, paired with coordinated outreach to emergency managers, weather forecasters, and the public.
The New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of