Dr. Laura Myers from the University of Alabama is conducting a study called "Collaborative Research: Understanding How Uncertainty in Severe Weather Information Affects Decisions".
This study is in conjunction with the VORTEX SE 2017 research initiative on southeastern tornadoes, specifically in Northern and Central Alabama, three counties in Tennessee, and Mississippi. This study will be focused on the Spring 2017 severe weather season. Having your input will allow Dr. Myers to understand how publics in the southeast understand, perceive, and prepare for tornadoes and associated severe weather. Your participation in this research study is completely voluntary. You will be participating in a research study that will cover the severe storm season and Dr. Myers would like to have you respond to brief follow-up surveys, one per month throughout the season, for a total of five surveys. The first survey will take about 20 minutes to complete and the subsequent surveys will take about 10-20 minutes to complete. You will also be asked to volunteer for brief interviews and focus groups through this time period, but those are completely optional. The interviews and focus groups will allow Dr. Myers to get more in-depth information about how the weather warning process affects you directly. The information you provide will remain confidential and your name will not be associated with your responses. You must be at least 18 years of age to participate in the study. You will be asked for demographic information to ensure we are getting responses from all of the population.
Names and identities will not be associated with the surveys. All data will be anonymous and will be stored on Dr. Myers' password protected computer. Only summarized data will be presented at meetings or in publications.
There are no risks to participating in this study. The survey will only ask about your perceptions of the weather warning process in your region.
Dr. Laura Myers from the University of Alabama will be conducting this survey research study. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, contact Dr. Myers at (205) 348-5714. If you have questions, concerns, or complaints about your rights as a participant in this research study, you may contact Ms. Tanta Myles, the Research Compliance Officer at The University of Alabama, at 205-348-8461 or toll-free at 1-877-820-3066. If you have complaints or concerns about this study, file them through the UA IRB outreach website at http://osp.ua.edu/site/PRCO_Welcome.html. Also, if you participate, you are encouraged to complete the short Survey for Research Participants online at this website. This helps UA improve its protection of human research participants.