The DNORS incorporated major new innovations and extensions to achieve higher tracking and response rates than in the pilot. For example, tracking incorporated extensive in-person, on-the-ground efforts that sought information from neighbors, community organizations, civic groups, local and state government agencies, and social, family, and work networks to locate and interview displaced residents.

This project will make a number of important contributions:

  • Study results will provide valuable information on the whereabouts, health, and well being of children and families who lived in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina, including information on short- and medium-term outcomes over a period of four years following the hurricane.
  • Results from the survey will provide valuable information to policymakers, researchers, and the public interested in understanding the scope and consequences of Hurricane Katrina's effects on the population of New Orleans.
  • This survey data will support detailed analyses of the causes and consequences of outcomes related to Hurricane Katrina. For instance, the study will provide detailed information for examining disparities in well-being by race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status.
  • Finally, this study will advance the development of scientific methods, both conceptual and practical, for studying populations that have undergone mass evacuations due to natural and human-caused disasters.