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Louisiana Department of Natural Resources Evacuation Behavior Report

The NIMSAT Institute at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette developed a Fuel Demand Estimation model for the Louisiana’s department of Natural Resources. The fuel demand and evacuation traffic to a large extent relies on the behavior of evacuees; therefore it is imperative to study some important behavioral factors during evacuation. The NIMSAT Institute in collaboration with the department of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette has conducted a survey to understand the evacuation behavior on various coastal parishes in the state of Louisiana between October 2010 and December 2010. This report provides a summary of the survey results on how, when and where people have evacuated in the past, how many vehicles they took and how many gallons of fuel they filled up for four major hurricane tracks.

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