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NHERI Press Release on Laura Response

After Hurricane Laura, recon teams capture perishable data

Despite pandemic conditions, NSF-funded StEER research engineers secure vital info on wind and storm-surge damage 

Notre Dame, IN, Sept. 4, 2020 — For natural hazards engineers, data is foundational. That is why the NSF-funded Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance Network, known as StEER,  deployed directly after Hurricane Laura’s landfall. It is essential to record structural damage swiftly, before cleanup and repairs occur. Although deploying reconnaissance teams during a pandemic is not ideal, StEER Director Tracy Kijewski-Correa reports that StEER is using small, self-contained, regional teams to conduct phased assessments to gather perishable data while minimizing COVID-19 risks. Kijewski-Correa is a faculty member in the College of Engineering and Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, where she is the Leo E and Patti Ruth Linbeck Collegiate Chair and Associate Professor.


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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. CMMI 1841667. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of StEER and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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