Title

Assessing Katrina's Demographic and Social Impacts On the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

10-2007

Department

Anthropology and Sociology

Abstract

This paper provides results from a study funded by the National Science Foundation to examine the effects of Hurricane Katrina on an area of the Mississippi Gulf Coast immediately to the west and east of St. Louis Bay. This Study Area includes portions of three towns in Mississippi, Bay St. Louis, Waveland, and Pass Christian. Specifically, the paper describes selected housing, demographic, and social impacts of Katrina on the Study Area. In regard to housing and demographic effects, we find that 27% of the housing was destroyed in the Study Area and 47% significantly damaged. Related to the effects on housing, Katrina caused a 40% decline in the Study Area’s household population. In regard to social effects, the results of one of our research hypotheses about the effect of social networks on the well-being of people show that social isolation significantly increases perceptions of disaster disturbance and decreases perceived rates of disaster relief. Recommendations (and potential implications for other areas affected by large-scale disasters) based on our results are provided, as well as descriptions of the Study Area, study design, and data collection procedures.

Publication Title

Journal of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences

Volume

52

Issue

4

First Page

228

Last Page

242

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