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: 2011 Tornadoes: New Research, Old Problems: Dr. Laura Myers from CAPS featured

During severe weather, most people get their forecasts and weather information from TV meteorologists like ABC 33/40’s James Spann. But those forecasts start far earlier. It’s a beautiful spring day in Huntsville now. But a group of forecasters and other scientists are laser focused on what’s coming tomorrow. All their… Read more

Sources: Alabama Public Radio

In The News: Alabama will be hub of scientific study of Southern tornadoes

About 40 scientists from around the nation are expected to participate in “VORTEX Southeast,” an upcoming study of the unique characteristics of tornadoes that develop in the South, weather researchers say. Like earlier studies in the Midwest, the research based in Huntsville, Alabama, will include mobile radars, drones and other… Read more

Sources: The Tuscaloosa News, The Opelika-Auburn News, Thomasville Times-Enterprise, Chattanooga Times-Free Press, Savannah Morning News, Pittsburgh Tribune

In The News: Researchers develop virtual reality system to treat severe weather anxiety, phobias

Just over four years ago on April 27, 2011, Alabama experienced one of its worst tornado outbreaks on record.  In all, 62 tornadoes and 252 deaths were recorded across the state. Many of the physical scars from that day have begun to heal over time, but the unseen psychological and… Read more

Sources: WHNT 19

In The News: Huge tornado research project coming to Alabama, Southeast next year: CAPS researcher part of research team

Alabama and the Southeast will be ground zero next spring for the continuation of one of the largest tornado research projects in history. The working title for now is Vortex-Southeast, and the goal is to understand more about Southern-style tornadoes — and how to prevent them from becoming infamous killers.… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Not-so-fun snow: How 2014’s winter storm changed the way Alabamians think of snow days

Alabamians typically have always gone a little crazy when the word “snow” is in the forecast. Ice, too. Some will even get a little antsy around sleet. Social scientist Dr. Laura Myers, the deputy director and research scientist for the Center for Advanced Public Safety at the University of Alabama, has… Read more

Sources: AL.com, WBRC Fox 6

In The News: Severe weather warnings: Why you need to pay attention more than ever

When it comes to weather in Alabama, no matter what time of year, there’s just one thing to do: “Prepare for it to be bad.” “The warning process has improved so much that there is less opportunity for desensitization,” said Dr. Laura Myers, deputy director and research scientist at The Center… Read more

Sources: AL.com

In The News: Survey finds Georgians are confused about winter weather alerts

January 28, 2014 is a day few of us will forget.  People stranded in cars. Children stranded in schools. Families separated and scared after a winter storm hit metro Atlanta. Now, Channel 2 Action News is getting a better look at just what happened, and why so many people went… Read more

Sources: WSB-TV 2