Dr. Laura Myers

Dr. Myers joined The University of Alabama and the Center for Advanced Public Safety in 2013 having previously served as research faculty at Mississippi State University, Clemson University and Sam Houston State University. She has extensive experience in emergency management and criminal justice research. Read more about Dr. Laura Myers

In The News: Coping with hurricane anxiety

Experts at The University of Alabama not only tracked Irma’s path. They also tracked how you, the public, used the information about the storm leading up to its landfall. Dr. Laura Myers, director and senior research scientist for the Center for Advanced Public Safety says Hurricane Harvey’s wrath frightened many… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham)

In The News: Why do people keep driving through flood waters?

Just about every time we have major rain and flooding, we see people who try to plow through flood waters. They eventually get stuck and some have to be rescued. The big question is – why? “Because they want to get home,” Laura Myers said. Dr. Laura Myers is the Director… Read more

Sources: Fox 6 (Birmingham), NBC 12 (Montgomery), ABC 9 (Columbus, Georgia)

College of Engineering hosts national geospatial summit

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama College of Engineering is set to host public-sector participants from federal, local, state and tribal governments for a three-day geospatial summit.  The 2017 National Geospatial Preparedness Summit is scheduled for Aug. 7-9 on the UA campus and is co-hosted by National Alliance for… Read more

In The News: Weather workshop held in Oklahoma

Today, the Norman National Weather Service teamed up with emergency managers and meteorologists to discuss weather-related topics, and how to prepare for big weather events…Experts from the National Weather Service and the Storm Prediction Center discussed their roles in severe weather watches and warnings. Dr. Laura Myers is a social… Read more

Sources: KSWO-ABC (Lawton, Oklahoma)

In The News: Here’s your chance to weigh in on weather warnings

The weather enterprise needs you. The Vortex-Southeast tornado research project has brought cutting-edge researchers and all their high-tech equipment to Alabama for the spring tornado season. But they need help from regular folks too. And they don’t have to stand in the path of a tornado to do it, either… Read more

Sources: Al.com, Elk Valley Times (Fayetteville, Tennessee)

In The News: Many Alabamians can’t find themselves on a map, and that’s dangerous

Part of the problem could be simply the maps themselves, according to Dr. Laura Myers, a senior research scientist and the director the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama who has also been studying the issue. “When you look at a map, a lot of times they just… Read more

Sources: AL.com, WBHM-FM, WVUA (Tuscaloosa), WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia), WTVA-NBC (Tupelo, Mississippi), The Times Daily (Florence)

In The News: Hurricane season 2016 predictions: Will the hurricane ‘drought’ end for US?: Dr. Laura Myers with CAPS says optimism bias may affect attitudes toward storms

Could this be the year? The year the “hurricane drought”€ ends for the U.S.? The year the double red flags are dusted off, the plywood hammered over the windows and the evacuation routes clogged? Hurricane season begins Wednesday. It has been more than a decade since a major hurricane (Category… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Protecting Your Family: UA researchers say have multiple ways to get warnings

A recent study of about 3,000 people from Alabama and Mississippi took a look at how things unfolded on April 27. There was some concern about the number of fatalities across the state. Meteorologists teamed up with the National Weather Service and The University of Alabama for answers. Dr. Laura… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6

In The News: Univ. of Alabama says virtual reality therapy could help with storm anxiety

Five years after one of the deadliest tornadoes ripped through Tuscaloosa and other parts of Alabama, people are still dealing with the emotional and physical effects. “A large number of people still have a low level anxiety with it,” Dr. Laura Myers, Executive Director of the University of Alabama’s Center for Advanced… Read more

Sources: WBRC Fox 6, WSFA NBC 12, WCFT ABC 33/40

In The News: Tornado survivors stand together 5 years later: CAPS research mentioned in article

In April five years ago, walls came down. Fences fell, splintered and sprawled. Canopied urban forests blew away in jagged moments; even trees sunk deep in ravines snapped. Growth-marks carved on a wall, names in family Bibles, photographs where memories were stored for safe-keeping, were lost. Our sky opened, and… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News