Post-disaster reconstruction: a quantitative study of residential reconstruction time following hurricanes Ivan and Dennis

Dusek, Jacob (2007) Post-disaster reconstruction: a quantitative study of residential reconstruction time following hurricanes Ivan and Dennis. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Recent disasters such as the Asian Tsunami, Kashmir Earthquake, and Hurricane Katrina have highlighted the difficulties of reconstruction after major natural disasters. While the media has documented recovery progress after these disasters, often such reports convey frustrations that reconstruction is not occurring more rapidly. Although existing literature is sparse, there are limited numbers of case studies which have examined the timescales of reconstruction. These studies reveal that reconstruction can often extend from 2-11 years. Although experts are not surprised by this, the general public often does not expect such long periods of reconstruction and are therefore unprepared for the consequences. Research which can highlight further examples of reconstruction experiences will bring both expectation of reconstruction time closer to reality and undoubtedly reveal better ways in which to improve the speed of reconstruction. In this light, an original study has been conducted in Northwest Florida after Hurricanes Ivan and Dennis, which documents the time lines of both home repair and replacement and is one of the first to do so using building permits as an indicator of reconstruction. The result of this study revealed that the reconstruction experience of Northwest Florida was longer than would be presumed from previous examples pointing to the need for further, systematic research into the area. Without this crucial information it is difficult to accurately plan for the period of reconstruction.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: ?? EDAM ??
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/470

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