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Sustainability 2019, 11(2), 516; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11020516

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

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School of Urban & Regional Planning, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
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Department of Economics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
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School of Public Administration, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
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Department of Public Management and Policy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, USA
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Department of Economics, Lehigh University, 621 Taylor Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, USA
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Received: 26 November 2018 / Revised: 11 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 January 2019 / Published: 19 January 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Disasters and Economics)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: hurricane recovery; infrastructure service disruptions; socio-economic vulnerability hurricane recovery; infrastructure service disruptions; socio-economic vulnerability
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Mitsova, D.; Escaleras, M.; Sapat, A.; Esnard, A.-M.; Lamadrid, A.J. The Effects of Infrastructure Service Disruptions and Socio-Economic Vulnerability on Hurricane Recovery. Sustainability 2019, 11, 516.

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