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: Public Survey Exposes Montecito Debris Flow Communication Failures

Early results of an ongoing public survey to measure the effectiveness of warning messages issued ahead of and during the deadly 1/9 Debris Flow reveal significant failures by Santa Barbara County officials to properly alert Montecito residents to the dangers they faced. The study is being conducted by the University… Read more

Sources: Santa Barbara (California) Independent, NBC 6 (San Luis Obispo, California)

In The News: April 27, 2011: Why did so many die that day?

Two hundred fifty-three. Even seven years later the death toll from a historic tornado outbreak on April 27, 2011, is staggering. Two hundred fifty-three people, people of all ages and walks of life, lost their lives as a direct result of the storms that day, according to the National Weather Service… Read more

Sources: Al.com

In The News: UA researchers study severe weather warning communication

Recent events, like the tornado that ripped through Jacksonville state university, remind residents of our state to always be aware of the chance of severe weather. The Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama studies the warning communication process and they work with weather enterprise to come up… Read more

Sources: WVUA (Tuscaloosa)

In The News: Does Alabama’s warm weather mean severe storms are on the horizon?

So the fall and winter are more active than many may think. However, warnings may get less attention then. “What we are finding in the research is that spring tornado warnings work well because people expect them and they know what the warnings mean, but any other time of year, they don’t expect… Read more

Sources: AL.com

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)