Whether fire, hurricanes, floods, extreme weather or COVID-19, disasters are frequent in Texas.  Disasters affect businesses both large and small, and highlight the vulnerabilities of infrastructural systems such as power, water, and broadband connectivity. While some disaster-recovery resources are available for businesses in Texas (e.g., GLO, FEMA, SBA), our team’s recent research indicates that small, often rural communities in Texas lack the resources to plan for or respond after disasters, as well as to write grants to assist in preparedness and recovery.

In the summer of 2022, under the guidance of the research team, five University students interviewed community members and business owners to learn more about their needs in the face of disasters. Using data gathered in their interviews, the research team has created resources for businesses wanting to be more prepared for disasters. 


Faculty blog – Keri Stephens

Student blogs – Mariana ArevaloDaniel GuerraAndrea MartinezJennifer Torres, and José Manuel Vazquez. 

Research Team

Keri Stephens

Professor, Department of Communication Studies and Director, Technology and Information Policy Institute

Kasey Faust

Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Sharon Strover

Professor, School of Journalism and Media, Department of Radio-Television-Film