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Emergency Management Planning Class Looks at the Impact of Post-Floyd Pitt County Buyout Program

The Emergency Management Planning course is offered every spring semester as part of the Urban and Regional Planning program’s coastal concentration. Nine students were enrolled in Spring 2014. Working within the constraints of a 14-weeks semester, students carried out an impact assessment study of a federally funded Pitt County buyout program that was implemented after the 1999 Hurricane Floyd. The aim of the project was to understand the socio-economic, environmental, and development outcomes of the buyout program in the impacted area, 15 years after Floyd. The project was undertaken in collaboration with the Pitt County Department of Planning and Development. Students carried out site visits for visual documentation of parcels in the impacted area along with data collection on floodplain designation change, land use change, and tax value change for each parcel. Current and pre-1999 data were compared to document patterns of development and analyze the project’s impact. Students determined that the buyout program was a moderate success, although, there is still great risk in the area. The project contributed to an experiential learning for the students. The image below was taken after the first field visit to the project site in the floodplain, it includes Pitt County officials from Planning and Development:┬áJames Rhodes (Director, 3rd from left), Eli Johnson (Senior Planner, 1st from right) and Bryan Jones (Environmental Planner, 4th from right).


Urban Form and Design Fall 2013 – Student Work

A sample of student final project in Urban Form and Design. The project asks students to synthesize material from the course and categorize it in a way that is meaningful to them using the structure of a deck of cards. The objective of the assignment is to challenge students to assess the course material creatively, logically and critically.


Emergency Management Planning Spring 2012


The final class project for Emergency Management Planning (Spring 2012) asked students to work collaboratively in groups of four to develop a new Wikipedia article on a topic of their choice in the field of Emergency Management. Please click on the image link above to see project details.

Emergency Management Planning Spring 2011


The final class project for Emergency Management Planning (Spring 2011) asked students to use Google Map technology to present information in comprehensible and usable forms. Students synthesize an aspect of Emergency Management applying it to Pitt County or the City of Greenville in North Carolina, and present this information through a Google Mash-Up. Please click on the image link above to see project details.