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The Effects of Infrastructure Service Disruptions and Socio-Economic Vulnerability on Hurricane Recovery

Diana Mitsova (), Monica Escaleras (), Alka Sapat (), Ann-Margaret Esnard () and Alberto Lamadrid
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Diana Mitsova: School of Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
Monica Escaleras: Department of Economics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
Alka Sapat: School of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
Ann-Margaret Esnard: Department of Public Management and Policy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA

Sustainability, 2019, vol. 11, issue 2, 1-16

Abstract: Hurricanes and extreme weather events can cause widespread damage and disruption to infrastructure services and consequently delay household and community recovery. A subset of data from a cross-sectional survey of 989 households in central and south Florida is used to examine the effects of Hurricane Irma on post-disaster recovery eight months after the landfall. Using logistic regression modeling, we find that physical damage to property, disruption of infrastructure services such as loss of electric power and cell phone/internet services and other factors (i.e., homeowner’s or renter’s insurance coverage, receiving disaster assistance and loss of income) are significant predictors of post-disaster recovery when controlling for age and race/ethnicity.

Keywords: hurricane recovery; infrastructure service disruptions; socio-economic vulnerability (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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