As the outreach component of HGHC, the COD Core has worked to establish relationships with opinion leaders in communities affected by the DWH oil spill since the project was established. Those relationships have been the foundation for much of the project's research that utilized community based participatory research.
Communities struck with disasters have a high level of uncertainty, loss of trust, concern and community disarray. Lack of unity and uncertainty can lead to misunderstanding how to access needed services, seek out and evaluate credible information and learn coping skills designed to mitigate losses. The goal of our research has been to identify resources and match those critical resources with needs of individuals, families, communities, and small businesses along the western Florida Panhandle and the Alabama coastline areas.
COD Core and UF Oyster Recovery Team Outreach Efforts
In an effort to assist Franklin County with developing strategies to help the community cope effectively with their oyster decline, we held an informal community listening session on October 9, 2012.
The session brought interested parties together to address the oyster industry decline in Apalachicola Bay, FL. The session was divided in two different phases: (1) answered the questions: What is happening, and how is that affecting you? (2) provided ideas on potential solutions to the situation. During this session, community members described their efforts with SMARRT.
The Seafood Management Assistance Resource Recovery Team (SMARRT) Task Force was identified as a potential resource in Franklin County to cope with Oyster decline.
The HGHC team held a community forum in a collaborative effort to bring community members, members of the HGHC team, and members of the UF Oyster Recovery Team together to discuss potential solutions and action plans to cope with the oyster decline. The sessions focused on stakeholder input regarding the future direction of the SMARRT initiative.
View the History and timeline of the Oyster Recovery Team HERE.
Public Perceptions Research
In January, 2015, we conducted a phone survey of 444 Gulf Coast residents from Baldwin County, Alabama, to Levy County, Florida. The survey asked a variety questions pertaining to opinions of individual, family, and community recovery 5 years after the DWH oil spill. These findings could help improve future response efforts to more effectively aid in recovery.
Survey Panel Report
This report describes Florida and Alabama coastal residents' opinions of recovery, five years after the DWH disaster.
Region 1 report
This research report sought to determine the opinions of Mobile and Baldwin county residents five years after the DWH oil spill.
Region 2 report
This regional report sought to describe the opinions of residents in Escambia County five years after the DWH oil spill.