As Hurricane Harvey looms near the Texas coastal line and has been upgraded to Category 2 in strength, several historically black colleges have experts on large-scale weather events and post-storm recovery who should be getting national attention.
Three HBCU experts for Hurricane Harvey include:
- Dr. Robert Collins, Dillard University – Dr. Collins literally wrote the book on pre-disaster planning and post-disaster recovery and has an extensive history in research on civic infrastructure and urban planning.
- Dr. M. Chris Herring, North Carolina Central University – The executive director of NCCU’s Institute for Homeland Security and Workforce Development has played a critical role in engaging minority communities in disaster preparedness and response. With more than $2 million in federally-funded outreach, NCCU supported disaster training to more than 2,000 residents in 2015.
- Dr. Vernon R. Morris, Howard University – Dr. Morris is one of the nation’s top experts on atmospheric chemistry and has a specific research focus in air flows from African coasts and their impact on oceanography and weather events.