Rice U. expert available to discuss safe hurricane evacuations, returns

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Rice U. expert available to discuss safe hurricane evacuations, returns

HOUSTON – (Sept. 13, 2018) – As Hurricane Florence approaches the Eastern Seaboard, Rice University urban politics expert Robert Stein is available to discuss safe evacuations and returns before and after hurricanes hit.

Stein is a co-author of “How to Evacuate Cities before Dangerous Hurricanes,”which will appear in the October 2018 issue of Scientific American. He said an often-overlooked aspect of the response to severe weather events such as hurricanes Harvey and Florence is organizing the return of evacuees to their homes.

“Timely, orderly and safe evacuations have to be managed but so too does the return to homes and the resumption of normal activities,” Stein said.

“There are many hazards and challenges that await persons who return to their homes, and we need warnings and recommendations to not return until all issues of safety are resolved by public officials,” he added.

Stein said mental health issues associated with recovery from natural disasters are also often overlooked.

“These issues are not as readily recognized as the physical harm to persons and property,” he said.

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