George Youngs, professor of emergency management, co-wrote an article with D. K. Yoon, former NDSU assistant professor, and Daiko Abe, a graduate student in NDSUs Department of Emergency Management.
Their article, Examining factors contributing to the development of FEMA-Approved Hazard Mitigation Plans, was published in the Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. It analyzes data from multiple, nationwide data sets and examines the relative role of staff resources, financial resources and disaster experience in predicting whether local governments have FEMA-approved multi-hazard mitigation plans.
The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 requires local governments to secure approval from FEMA for their multi-hazard mitigation plans if the local governments wish to be eligible for mitigation funding, but a significant number of local governments still do not have approved plans, Youngs said.
Yoon recently returned to South Korea to begin a new disaster and risk management degree program at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology.
NDSU is recognized as one of the nation's top 108 public and private universities by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education.