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Oluponmile Olonilua

Oluponmile Olonilua is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Texas Southern University's Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs in Houston. She became involved in disaster research after personally experiencing Tropical Storm Allison in 2001.

Her research interests include hazard mitigation plan evaluation and the effect of disasters on minorities and special populations. She has researched Tropical Storm Allison and evacuation problems during hurricane Katrina of 2005. Her publications include “Towards Multihazard Mitigation: An Evaluation of FEMA-Approved Hazard Mitigation Plans under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA2K) , published in the Journal of Emergency Management Jan/Feb 2011, Olonilua, Oluponmile (2012) Do Existing Planning Mandates Matter in FEMA-Approved Plans Under the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, Paper published in the Barbara Jordan Institute Policy Report, 2012. She reviews plans for CRS credit for the ISO.

She has presented several of her works at various conferences and workshops including but not limited to; The Natural Hazards Workshop, Colorado, ACSP Conferences, MPSA, ASPA, and Disaster Resistant University.

She currently proposed a Bachelor’s of Science Degree that was approved at Texas Southern University in addition to continuing her research on evaluation of hazard mitigation plans and the effect of state mandates on the DMA2K plans. She is a proud winner of the Mary Fran Myers Scholarship Award: a scholarship which recognizes outstanding individuals who share Myers' commitment to disaster research and practice and have the potential to make a lasting contribution to reducing disaster vulnerability. She was a panelist on the Natural Hazards Center’s session on Planning for Disaster in Disadvantaged Communities.

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Quality Public Participation in Hazard Mitigation Planning