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Degree Type

Honors Capstone Project

Date of Submission

Spring 5-1-2015

Capstone Advisor

Pete Wilcoxen, Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs

Honors Reader

Margaret Susan Thompson, Professor of History and Political Science

Capstone Major


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faith-based charity, disaster relief, climate change, natural disaster, resource allocation

Capstone Prize Winner


Won Capstone Funding


Honors Categories

Social Sciences

Subject Categories

Emergency and Disaster Management | Political Economy | Public Economics


Due to the effects of climate change, natural disasters are beginning to occur more frequently and are causing greater destruction. The American disaster relief system currently relies on a nationally focused, top-down approach. As resources become more and more limited, it is expected that disaster relief fatigue will occur, required local communities to take a larger role in their disaster relief processes. Right now, major player in both local and national disaster relief are Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), who provide many crucial services before and after disasters

This paper develops an economic model of the rebuilding stage of disaster relief in order to examine the prioritization and resource allocation problems it faces. Through a series of case studies, the model is applied and used to point out a series of systems and methods by which local FBOs have, and might further be able to play larger and more significant roles in disaster relief.

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