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Extended family ties influenced evacuation decisions during Hurricane Katrina

FINDINGS: Previous research has shown that minorities have particularly cohesive extended family ties. For this study, UCLA researchers interviewed 58 randomly selected evacuees mostly low-income African Americans who relocated from New Orleans to Houston in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The researchers found that the evacuees strong family ties had a profound influence on factors affecting evacuation, including transportation decisions, access to shelter and how they perceived evacuation messages. These ties both facilitated and hindered their evacuation.

IMPACT: Disaster plans should take into account the influence that extended family ties and social networks have in decision-making among vulnerable and minority communities.


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Contact: Enrique Rivero
erivero@mednet.ucla.edu
310-794-2273
University of California - Los Angeles
27-Apr-2007


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