Vertical Shelter From Hurricanes: Risk Perceptions and Politics

by Phillip Berke, Texas A&M Univ, College Station, TX, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


To reduce risks posed by high hurricane evacuation times, vertical shelters have been proposed. This paper presents a preliminary assessment of key decision makers' reactions to the vertical shelter concept. These reactions are assessed with the garbage can model of organizational choice which consists of four conditions that must be met to adopt a public policy. Conclusions and directions for future research are outlined.

Subject Headings: Protective structures | Hurricanes and typhoons | Risk management | Political factors | Decision making | Solid wastes | Organizations | Public health and safety

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