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Five Years Later: Building & Redefining Resilience - How Prepared is the Gulf Coast for Future Disasters.

   The fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which resulted in a loss of eleven lives and substantial environmental and economic losses for residents along the Gulf Coast region, is April 20, 2015.  In the aftermath of the spill, A University of Florida (UF) led team of researchers has been studying the physiological, psychological and sociological effects in order to help communities recover and prepare for future potential disasters.

   The team of biologists, psychologists, social scientists and members of affected communities is ready to release findings from a research project to address the environmental, economical and emotional health concerns in Florida and Alabama Gulf Coast communities as a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. 

Community Outreach








The goal of our research is to identify resources and then match those critical resources with needs of individuals, families, communities, and small businesses along the western Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coastline areas.

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Individual Resiliency research is focused on examining the psychological recovery after the oil spill. It will assess this by determining the extent to which exposure type, resources, and select behavioral factors predict a favorable outcome. Our research on community resiliency is focused on assessing social vulnerability and community resilience, determining the role social networks plays in resiliency and lastly, determining the level of satisfaction with litigation.

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Seafood Safety






The main goal of our research on seafood is to address public health concerns regarding seafood safety in Gulf of Mexico coastal communities. This research will involve community participation and feedback, and based on analytical results from seafood sampling, promote clean seafood as part of a balanced diet.


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