Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Daytona Beach

Poster Session

Authors' Class Standing

Erika Shellenberger (Senior) Lorraine Acevedo (Graduate)

Lead Presenter's Name

Erika Shellenberger

Faculty Mentor Name

Dr. Scott Parr

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Abstract

In order to serve single mothers and their families, much can be learned from this data which could help these family leaders be prepared to make a quick well-planned decision in times of emergency evacuation. A comparison between the evacuation travel patterns in counties with a high and low percentage of single-parent homes will be conducted. This will help determine the difference of evacuation patterns in areas with higher concentrations of single mothers. The ultimate goal of this study is to take these differences and find ways to help single mothers evacuate in a safe, affordable, and timely manner. For example, for single-mothers emergency evacuation may cause huge financial burden including the loss of income for time away from the job combined with the high cost of evacuating such as hotel, restaurant and travel expenses for a week or more. In addition, the vulnerability of property left unattended and possible destruction of property could possibly lead to unsafe choices being made. This study will provide recommendations on how to better prepare single mothers for the decision-making surrounding evacuations. In addition, advice will be provided to various governmental agencies regarding how to decrease the many risks these families face. Suggestions for better financial policies to help these at-risk families will also be provided.

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark, SURF, Research Abroad, Student Internal Grants, or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

Yes, Spark Grant

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Insight on Single Mother's Issues in Emergency Evacuations

In order to serve single mothers and their families, much can be learned from this data which could help these family leaders be prepared to make a quick well-planned decision in times of emergency evacuation. A comparison between the evacuation travel patterns in counties with a high and low percentage of single-parent homes will be conducted. This will help determine the difference of evacuation patterns in areas with higher concentrations of single mothers. The ultimate goal of this study is to take these differences and find ways to help single mothers evacuate in a safe, affordable, and timely manner. For example, for single-mothers emergency evacuation may cause huge financial burden including the loss of income for time away from the job combined with the high cost of evacuating such as hotel, restaurant and travel expenses for a week or more. In addition, the vulnerability of property left unattended and possible destruction of property could possibly lead to unsafe choices being made. This study will provide recommendations on how to better prepare single mothers for the decision-making surrounding evacuations. In addition, advice will be provided to various governmental agencies regarding how to decrease the many risks these families face. Suggestions for better financial policies to help these at-risk families will also be provided.

 

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