The evacuation of Long Beach during Hurricane Sandy is one of 10 social science research projects relating to the so-called superstorm that received $1.4 million in funding, federal and state authorities announced Thursday.
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Awarded by Sea Grant programs in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut via an National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) initiative, the projects are designed to improve people’s understanding and responses to hazard warnings, with Long Beach cited as a primary example of thousands of residents who were without power or sewage following the storm. Hofstra will conduct a study to focus the decisions Long Beach residents made in regard to evacuations, according to Newsday.
Peyton Robertson, NOAA's chair of the Sandy Assessment Team, said of the projects that will be funded by Sandy supplemental aid:"This work should lead to an improved response from coastal residents in the face of impending storms. A better understanding of the true implications of extreme weather threats like Sandy is a step forward in building a weather-ready nation."