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UCF Hurricane Experts Available for Media

UCF faculty with expertise in disaster/crisis management, U.S. coastal flood risks, and tourism and economic impacts are available for interviews on what to anticipate if Florida is hit by Hurricane Irma, plus an evaluation of Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

Contact UCF’s News & Information team [1] to speak with one of these sources.

DISASTER/CRISIS MANAGEMENT:

Contacts:

Naim Kapucu, professor and director of the School of Public Administration

https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/directory/naim-kapucu/ [2]

Claire Knox, associate professor and director of the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program

https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/directory/claire-connolly-knox/ [3]

Christopher Emrich, associate professor of environmental science and public administration

https://www.cohpa.ucf.edu/directory/christopher-emrich/ [4]

FLOODING:

Contact:

Thomas Wahl, assistant professor of coastal risks and engineering (available only by phone or email through Sept. 8)

http://www.cece.ucf.edu/people/faculty.html#25 [5]

TOURISM:

Kevin Murphy, associate professor and chair of the Department of Hospitality at Rosen College of Hospitality Management.

https://hospitality.ucf.edu/person/kevin-murphy/ [6]

THEME PARKS:

Contact:

Duncan Dickson, associate professor at Rosen College of Hospitality Management

http://hospitality.ucf.edu/person/duncan-dickson/ [7]

ECONOMIC IMPACT:

Contact:

Sean Snaith, director for the Institute for Economic Competitiveness, who is an economic forecaster. Snaith has served as a consultant for local governments and multinational corporations such as Compaq, Dell and IBM. Before joining UCF’s College of Business, he held teaching positions at Pennsylvania State University, American University in Cairo, the University of North Dakota and the University of the Pacific.

http://business.ucf.edu/person/sean-snaith/ [8]

HEALTH:

Contact:

Dr. Marcia Katz, associate dean for clinical affairs and professor of medicine

https://med.ucf.edu/directory/marcia-katz-m-d/ [9]