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GIS | Health & Hazards Lab
Department of Geography
Kent State University
412 McGilvrey Hall
Kent, OH 44242
Phone: 330 672-2887
Fax: 330 672-4304

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Hazard Related Publications

Mitigation and Planning

  • Mills, J.W., Curtis, A., and J. Upperman  (2012) Using a Geographic Information System (GIS) to Assess Pediatric Surge Potential after an Earthquake Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness 6 163-169
  • Aubrecht, C., S. Freire, C. Neuhold, A. Curtis, K. Steinnocher (2012) Introducing a temporal component in spatial vulnerability analysis. Disaster Advances 5(2) 48-53
  • Sheridan, S. C., C. C. Lee, M. J. Allen, and L. S. Kalkstein, 2012: Future heat vulnerability in California Part I: Projecting future weather types and heat events. Climatic Change, in press.
  • Sheridan, S. C., M. J. Allen, C. C. Lee, and L. S. Kalkstein, 2012: Future heat vulnerability in California, Part II: Projecting future heat-related mortality. Climatic Change, in press.
  • Keller, D. M. M., Schmidlin, T. W. 2012. Vehicle-related flood deaths in the United States, 1995-2005. Journal of Flood Risk Management 5:153-163.
  • Schmidlin, T. W. 2011. Public health consequences of the Hurricane Ike windstorm in Ohio. Natural Hazards 58: 235-249.
  • Ono, Y., T. W. Schmidlin. 2011. Design and adoption of household tornado shelters for Bangladesh. Natural Hazards 56: 321-330.
  • Burkett, BC and A Curtis (2011) Classifying wildfire risk at the building scale in the Wildland-Urban Interface: Applying spatial video approaches to Los Angeles County Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 2:4 Article 6
  • Schmidlin, T. W. 2010. Risk factors and social vulnerability. Proceedings of International Forum on Tornado Disaster Risk Reduction for Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh, p. 104-108, Wind Engineering Research Center, Tokyo Polytechnic University.
  • Hayhoe, K. S. C. Sheridan, L. S. Kalkstein, and J. S. Greene, 2010: Climate change, heat waves and mortality projections for Chicago. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 36, 65-73.
  • Hajat, S., S. C. Sheridan, M. J. Allen, M. Pascal, K. Laaidi, A. agouti, U. Bickis, A. Tobias, D. Bourque, B. G. Armstrong, T. Kosatsky, 2010: Which days of hot weather are identified as dangerous by Heat-Health Warning Systems? A comparison of the predictive capacity of different approaches. American Journal of Public Health, 100, 1137-1144.
  • Schmidlin, T. W. 2009. Tornadoes and severe local storms. In Y. Tamura, ed., Proceedings of ISWE4 - The Fourth International Symposium on Wind Effects on Buildings and Urban Environment, Tokyo, p. 32-35.
  • Schmidlin, T. W. 2009. Human fatalities from wind-related tree failures in the United States, 1995-2007. Natural Hazards 50: 13-25.
  • Schmidlin, T. W., B. O. Hammer, Y. Ono, P. S. King. 2009. Tornado shelter-seeking behavior and tornado shelter options among mobile home residents in the United States. Natural Hazards 48: 191-201.
  • Schmidlin, T. W. 2006. On evacuation and deaths from Hurricane Katrina. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 87: 754-756.
  • Senkbeil, J. C. and S. C. Sheridan, 2006: A post-landfall hurricane classification system for the United States. Journal of Coastal Research, 22, 1025-1034.
  • Schmidlin, T. W., B. Hammer, P. King, L. S. Miller, G. Thumann, H. Wetherington. 2005. Use of a parking garage as a hurricane evacuation 'Refuge of Last Resort.' International Journal of Emergency Management 2: 249-262.
  • Schmidlin, T. W., B. Hammer, P. King, L. S. Miller, G. Thumann, H. Wetherington. 2005. Critical wind speeds to upset two styles of ambulances and a city bus. Journal of Emergency Management 3(2): 21-26.
  • Hayhoe, K. and other authors, including S. C. Sheridan, 2004: Climate Changes, Extreme Heat and Heat Mortality in California. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, 101, 12422-12427.
  • Sheridan, S. C. and L. S. Kalkstein, 2004: Progress in Heat Watch-Warning System Technology. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 85, 1931-1941.
  • Schmidlin, T. W., B. Hammer, P. King, Y. Ono, L. S. Miller, G. Thumann. 2002. Unsafe at any (wind) speed? Testing the stability of motor vehicles in severe winds. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society 83: 1821-1830.
  • Schwartz, R. M., T. W. Schmidlin. 2002. Blizzard climatology for the contiguous United States, 1959-2000. Journal of Climate 15: 1765-1772.
  • Schmidlin, T. W., B. O. Hammer, J. Knabe. 2001. Tornado shelters in mobile home parks in the United states. The American Society of Professional Emergency Planners Journal, 2001 annual issue, pages 1-15.
  • Hammer, B.O., T. W. Scmidlin. 2001. Vehicle-occupant deaths caused by tornadoes in the United States 1900-1998.  Environmental Hazards 2: 105-118.


  • Corobov, R., S. C. Sheridan, N. Opopol, and K. L. Ebi, 2013: Heat-related mortality in Moldova: The summer of 2007. International Journal of Climatology, in press.
  • Curtis, A., and J.W. Mills (2011) Spatial video data collection in a post-disaster landscape: The Tuscaloosa Tornado of April 27th 2011 Applied Geography 32 393-400
  • Curtis, A. (2010) Chronic disease as an evacuation impediment: using a Geographic Information System and 911 call data after Katrina to determine neighborhood scale health vulnerability Risk, Hazards & Crisis in Public Policy 1(3) Article 5
  • Curtis, A (2008) From Healthy Start to Hurricane Katrina: using GIS to eliminate disparities in perinatal health Statistics in Medicine 27(20): 3984-3997.
  • Mills, J.W., Curtis, A., Pine, J., Kennedy, B., Jones, F., Ramani, R. and D. Bausch. (2008) The clearinghouse concept: a model for geospatial data centralization and dissemination in a disaster Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management32(3): 467-479
  • Sheridan, S. C., 2007: A survey of public perception and response to heat warnings across four North American cities: an evaluation of municipal effectiveness. International Journal of Biometeorology, 52: 3-15. DOI:10.1007/s00484-006-0052-9.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W., Kennedy, B., Fotheringham, S. and T. McCarthy (2007) Understanding the geography of post-traumatic stress: an academic justification for using a spatial video acquisition system in the response to Hurricane Katrina Journal of Contingencies & Crisis Management 15(4): 208-219.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W. and M. Leitner (2007) Katrina and vulnerability: the geography of stress Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 18(2): 315—330.
  • Curtis, A., Mills, J.W., Blackburn, J.K. and J.C. Pine (2006) Louisiana State University geographic information system support of hurricane Katrina recovery operations International Journal Mass Emergencies and Disasters 24(2):203–221.
  • Antipova, A. and A. Curtis (2007) Public Health and Disasters: The Relationship Between Pregnancy Outcomes and Hurricane Andrew VDM Verlag Dr. Muller e. K (VDM Publishing House) Saarbrucken, Germany.
  • Hammer, B.O., T. W. Schmidlin. 2002. Response to warnings during the 3 May 1999 Oklahoma City tornado: Reasons and relative injury rates. Weather and Forecasting 17: 577-581.


  • Curtis, A., and J.W. Mills (2011) Crime in urban post-disaster environments: A methodological framework from New Orleans Urban Geography 32 (4) 488-510
  • Curtis, A., Pine, J., Marx, B., Li, B. and J. Mills (2011) A Multiple Additive Regression Tree Analysis of Three Exposure Measures during Hurricane Katrina: Implications for Recovery in Orleans Parish Disasters: The Journal of Disaster Studies, Policy and Management 35(1) 19-35
  • Curtis, A., Duval-Diop, D.,and J. Novak  (2010) Identifying spatial patterns of recovery and abandonment in the Post-Katrina Holy Cross neighborhood of New Orleans Cartography and Geographic Information Science 37(1): 45-56
  • Duval-Diop, D., Curtis, A., and A. Clark (2010) Enhancing Equity with Public Participatory GIS in Hurricane Rebuilding: Faith Based Organizations, Community Mapping, and Policy Advocacy Journal of Community Development Society 41(1): 32-49