December 3, 1999


  1. Cambridge Review Seeking Articles on Disaster Diplomacy

  2. Seeking Information on Links Between Disaster Relief and Environmental Awareness

  3. Introducing the Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research

  4. New Information on the Web

  5. December '99 Schedule for the EIIP Virtual Forum

  6. NFPA 1600 Adopted by Membership at NFPA Fall Meeting

  7. Help Wanted: Assistant Professor - Arkansas Tech University

  8. Help Wanted: UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

  9. NOAA et al. Invite Proposals to Study Climate Variability and Human Health

  10. Request for Proposals: Comprehensive Study of Visitor Safety in the National Park System

  11. Conferences and Training


Cambridge Review Seeking Articles on Disaster Diplomacy

The Cambridge Review of International Affairs published at the University of Cambridge in England is devoting a section of its autumn 2000 issue to the topic of "Disaster Diplomacy." The section will present case studies in which natural disaster management has brought together nations that are normally considered to be in conflict.

The expectation is that, as a result of natural disaster management, further political, diplomatic, cultural, social, technical, or economic links or exchanges were fostered. Examples of frameworks through which such interstate cooperation could work are:

Some areas under consideration for examination are: The journal is inviting submissions by March 15, 2000, to be reviewed by an editorial board. A combination of theoretical and practical works by authors from a variety of professional backgrounds is sought. For submissions, author guidelines, suggestions, or further information, please contact:
Ilan Kelman (co-managing editor)
E-mail: ilan_kelman@hotmail.com
The Martin Centre
University of Cambridge 6 Chaucer Road
Cambridge CB2 2EB
Tel: +44-1223-331715
Fax: +44-1223-331701


Seeking Information on Links Between Disaster Relief and Environmental Awareness

[Here's another example of the interesting queries and conversations that take place on the natural-hazards-disasters e-mail list: natural-hazards-disasters@mailbase.ac.uk]

List Members,
I'm interested in the links between disasters and the environment. My recent work has focused on how to incorporate an awareness of environmental impacts into disaster relief operations (see: "Disasters and Environmental Impact: A Framework for Rapid Assessment and Planning by Response Personnel," in Proceedings, Conference on Environmental Issues in Disaster Prevention, Preparedness and Response, The Environmental Response Network, Green Cross UK, Kingston, U.K., 1999).

While there seems to be some donor and (humanitarian and developmental) NGO interest in the issue, nothing in terms of practical policy or procedures appears to have made its way into day-to-day disaster management efforts. I am posting this message for three reasons:

  1. To find out if my proceeding statement is incorrect: are policies and procedures being used to include environment into disaster/ emergency response operations?
  2. Whether anyone is really interested in the topic?
  3. Whether anyone can provide examples of:
    1. When environmental factors were not considered in an emergency response, with the result of unanticipated (negative or positive) consequences, and
    2. How the environment has been damaged (or helped) by actual emergency relief operations.
Looking forward to your response,
C. Kelly
E-mail: 72734.2412@compuserve.com
(I can forward a copy of the paper mentioned to anyone interested if I am sent a direct e-mail address).


Introducing the Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research

An Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research has been established in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Washington. The institute is providing research, mitigation planning courses, and community outreach opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from a variety of disciplines. Through the Department of Urban Design and Planning's Masters in Urban Planning program the Institute currently offers an area of emphasis in mitigation planning and has plans to offer a certificate program during the coming year.

Institute research has already explored a wide variety of subjects, including geographic information systems, remote sensing, pre-event planning, and homeowners' attitudes toward structural retrofitting. Outreach opportunities will become available through intern positions in local government emergency management offices and through local disaster operations as they occur.

For further information about the University of Washington's new Institute for Hazard Mitigation Planning and Research contact Bob Freitag, e-mail: bfreitag@u.washington.edu; or visit the institute's Web site: http://depts.washington.edu/mitigate.


New Information on the Web

[Here are a few of the latest and more useful Internet resources we've discovered. For an extended list of selected Internet sites dealing with hazards and disaster management, see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/sites.html]

The second issue in the Natural Hazard Center's new peer-reviewed "Natural Hazards Informer" series is now available on-line and in downloadable PDF format at the URL above. Entitled Public Education for Earthquake Hazards, this latest Informer summarizes current knowledge about various aspects of earthquake education for practitioners, researchers, public policy makers, and others.

Each volume of the Natural Hazards Informer summarizes current knowledge about a specific aspect of natural hazards research and policy, saving readers the time and effort needed to research and update their understanding of that topic. The first issue of the informer - Flood Mitigation Planning: The CRS Approach, by French Wetmore and Gil Jamieson - is also available from the Web page above.

The Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) at the School of Public Health, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, has placed a comprehensive database of disaster information on-line via their Web site. As the creators of this resource state, "In recent years, natural and man-made disasters have been affecting increasing numbers of people throughout the world. Budgets for emergency and humanitarian aid have sky-rocketed. Efforts to establish better preparedness for and prevention of disasters have been a priority concern of donor agencies, implementing agencies and affected countries. For this reason, demand for complete and verified data on disasters and their human and economic impact, by country and type of disaster has been growing. Planners, policy makers, field agencies engaged in preparedness have all expressed need for data for their work. The CRED/OFDA initiative responds to this need by making available a specialised, validated database on disasters that facilitates preparedness, thereby reducing vulnerability to disasters and improving disaster management." The site includes:

For more information about this database and the work of CRED, contact the Centre for Research on Epidemiology of Disasters, Unit of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Catholic University of Louvain, 30.94 Clos Chappelle-aux-Champs, 1200 Brussels, Belgium; tel: +32 (0) 2 764.33.27; fax: +32 (0) 2 764.34.41; e-mail: misson@epid.ucl.ac.be.

Additionally, a country-by-country database compiled by the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assist and CRED is available via the United Nations ReliefWeb site: http://www.reliefweb.int.

(click on "New Publications")
One year after Hurricanes Georges and Mitch devastated Central America and the Caribbean, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has published a monograph reviewing those events and reflecting on lessons learned in the health sector. Disaster Chronicle on Hurricanes Georges and Mitch includes eight reports produced in the affected countries themselves, thus recording valuable, first-hand experiences and chronicling these two, almost consecutive, disasters. Hurricane Georges is analyzed in reports from Haiti and the Dominican Republic, while Hurricane Mitch is described in reports from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Belize. Two annexes conclude the volume, which is available only in Spanish. The book can be accessed and downloaded from PAHO's Emergency Preparedness Program Web site above. A limited number of printed copies are available and can be requested by e-mailing disaster-publications@paho.org.

Several other new PAHO documents are also available from this site:

[Adapted from PAHO's "DisasterInfo" e-mail list. To subscribe, send an e-mail message to disaster-newsletter@paho.org.]

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) launched the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) Project in 1995 with two components:

Either of the Web sites above provides Global Environmental Outlook 2000, the latest GEO report, which identifies numerous environmental trends and includes several projections regarding natural hazards in the 21st century. Among others, it cites increased water shortages, desertification, deforestation, global warming, increased forest fires, and species and biological invasions due to increasing globalization as significant potential hazards in the coming century.

Since 1996, the Stormweb Emergency Information System has provided real-time disaster reports and emergency information to the residents of coastal Washington and the Olympic Peninsula. Under normal circumstances, Stormweb provides links to surface and marine weather, satellite, and radar information, road conditions, tide and river information, and much more. Stormweb also offers a broad database of disaster preparedness information and a comprehensive library for researchers (note, however, that the database and library are temporarily off-line).

When potential emergency conditions develop, Stormweb operations increase. Conditions are continually monitored and updates are sent out to Stormweb subscribers by e-mail when warranted. Watches are posted on-line when they are issued. As conditions progress from watch to warning status, Stormweb shifts to 24-hour real-time reporting of information collected and consolidated from dozens of sources. Stormweb's advisory system - STORMWEB_ALERT - provides emergency bulletins, preparedness information, and periodic newsletters via e-mail at no cost.

The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Protection through the Swiss Center of Documentation has made its extensive library database of documents available on-line. The center contains a large number of books and documents about civil protection, civil defense, protection against disasters and emergencies, disaster aid, protection of cultural heritage etc. The managers of this site state that "the borrowing of books and documents as well as the establishment of copies are free of charge."

Earlier this week, the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) hosted the "International Conference on Disaster Management: Cooperative Networking in South Asia" in New Delhi. The conference Web site now includes dozens of papers on many aspects of disaster management in Asia.

The destructive power of a tropical cyclone instills fear in those in its path and intrigues atmospheric scientists interested in its dynamics. This Web site guides the viewer through the formation, structure, energy, and movement of tropical cyclones by using sketches, radar and satellite imagery, and animations.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has made the popular Y2K and You booklet available in Spanish, Braille, and audio formats. The booklet in Spanish and in audio is available from the FEMA Web site. The Braille version is being sent to key organizations across the country to maximize its availability to visually impaired readers. FEMA worked with the President's Council on Y2K Conversion and the Federal Trade Commission to publish this 32-page guide, which includes sections on important Y2K-related issues in such areas as utilities, personal finance, food and fuel, health, and travel.


December '99 Schedule for the EIIP Virtual Forum

Round tables are EIIP partner-led discussions held each Tuesday on the Internet at 12:00 noon eastern time. Formal sessions are held each Wednesday, also at 12:00 noon. (Due to the upcoming holidays, there will be no chat events during the last two weeks of December.)

December Partner-led Round Table Discussions:

December 1999 Formal Sessions: To participate in these on-line discussions and presentations, log in to http://www.emforum.org and click on "On-Line Events."


NFPA 1600 Adopted by Membership at NFPA Fall Meeting
-- by Pat Moore

[Adapted from Emergency Partner Postings, the on-line newsletter of the Emergency Information Infrastructure Partnership (EIIP) - available at http://www.emforum.org/eiip/vo04no04.htm]

On Wednesday, November 17, 1999, at the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fall Meeting in New Orleans, NFPA 1600 - the "Standard On Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs" - was approved by the NFPA membership.

"This standard establishes a common set of criteria for disaster management, emergency management, and business continuity programs . . . The purpose of this standard is to provide those with the responsibility for disaster/emergency management and business continuity the criteria to assess current programs or to develop, implement, and maintain a program to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies."

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) are seriously considering endorsement of this standard.

The standard will be formally issued by NFPA after the NFPA Standards Council meeting in January 2000. At that time, the standard will be printed, and it will be available for distribution in April 2000. As with other standards, NFPA 1600 will join the family of voluntary codes and standards (approximately 300) that are available for adoption by federal, state, and local entities as well as the private sector. NFPA will continuously monitor the adoption and usage of the standard, and the NFPA Disaster Management Committee will re-examine its contents and evaluate its usage over the next 3-5 years and make any appropriate changes, revisions, or additions.

Specific subject matter addressed in NFPA 1600 includes:

The NFPA Standards Council established the Disaster Management Committee in January 1991 with the responsibility of developing documents regarding preparedness for, response to, and recovery from disasters resulting from natural, human, or technological events. The committee, whose members are appointed by the Standards Council,

consists of individuals from both the public and private sectors. For more information on NFPA 1600, please contact NFPA 1600 staff liaison Martha Curtis at (617) 984-7496 or see the NFPA Web site: http://www.nfpa.org.


Help Wanted
Assistant Professor - Arkansas Tech University

Arkansas Tech University invites applications for an assistant professor position beginning August 15, 2000, in the baccalaureate degree program in Emergency Administration and Management. A master's degree is required in a related discipline. Candidates must have knowledge of, and experience in, emergency management programs, disaster operations, and governmental processes; and a background in instruction or training related to emergency planning and mitigation strategies including the social, political, and economic dimensions of disaster. Preference will be given to candidates who can use distance delivery of instruction, develop Web-based course work, and have an applied knowledge of current technology used in contingency and response procedures. Salary range: $34,000-$36,000 for nine months, with an option for additional summer assignments with full benefits package. Information about the program is available on the Web at http://commed.atu.edu.

Applications will be accepted through March 31, 2000, or until position is filled, and should include a statement of qualifications, resume, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references. Applications should be submitted to:
Dr. Mary Ann Rollans, Dean
School of Community Education
Dean Hall 110
Arkansas Tech University
Russellville, AR 72801-2222
(501) 968-0234


Help Wanted
UBC School of Community and Regional Planning

The University of British Columbia's School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) invites applications for two tenure track assistant professorships. We are seeking qualified individuals with expertise in combinations of the following substantive fields and analytic skills: The first position will be offered effective July 1, 2000 to that candidate who, in the view of the selection committee, offers the best combination of substantive knowledge and technical skills from among those listed above. The second position will be filled effective July 1, 2001. The school reserves the right to readvertise the second post as necessary.

The successful applicants must match one of the substantive fields and at least one of the skill areas listed above. One successful candidate must be qualified in GIS applications in planning, and one will be expected to lead the school's development of computer-based methods in teaching, research, and professional practice, including overseeing the school's computer teaching lab. Typical applicants might match the following descriptions, although we emphasize that we are inviting applications from individuals whose CVs reflect other combinations of the desired disciplines and abilities:

  1. Physical planning and design with expertise in the use of computer-based methods including CAD, multimedia and GIS
  2. Urban studies and policy planning, including housing/ transportation/infrastructure/land-use planning specializations and with strong capability in the application of GIS
  3. Regional economics and project evaluation with skills in qualitative and quantitative analysis or information systems analysis for planning

[Note: The correspondent who forwarded this notice to us indicated that "suitable candidates could be researchers in disaster preparedness. There is a strong emphasis on research in Asia, especially in capacity building in third world countries." -- ed.]

Successful applicants will be expected to teach graduate-level courses in their areas of specialization, to supervise graduate student thesis research, and otherwise to participate in the development of the school's teaching and research program. Applicants should have a doctoral degree in planning or an appropriate related field. Preference will be given to candidates with solid disciplinary roots, and demonstrated achievement or potential in interdisciplinary teaching, research, and practice.

Applications must include a letter of application stating career objectives, assessment of experience and achievements, approach to teaching, and research goals. Please also include a current curriculum vitae, your Web site address if you have one, and the names and contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three possible referees. The first stage of the selection review will be based on applicants' letters of application and CVs. Referees will be contacted for short-listed candidates only. Complete applications are due by January 15, 2000.

All applicants are invited to visit the SCARP Web site: http://www.interchg.ubc.ca/plan/scarp.html.

Applications should be sent to:
Anthony H.J. (Tony) Dorcey
Director, UBC School of Community and Regional Planning
6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, BC
Canada V6T 1Z2


NOAA et al. Invite Proposals to Study Climate Variability and Human Health

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) have issued a "Joint Announcement on Climate Variability and Human Health."

The overarching goal of this program is to develop and demonstrate new approaches that investigate or validate well-formed hypotheses or models regarding the interaction of climate variability and human health. This program is intended to support the formation of multidisciplinary teams that will uncover ways in which climate affects health and that explore the potential for applying climate forecast information in the public health arena. Research proposals may focus on adaptation or vulnerability of human and public health systems to climate variability, or economic analyses of using predictive climate information. Research teams are encouraged to involve end-users from the public health arena and to address the means by which their research re

sults can be used by public health policy and decision makers. Pre-proposals are due December 17, 1999; final submissions, March 3, 2000. Proposals may be for up to $150,000 per year for up to three years. The full joint announcement may be found at http://www.ogp.noaa.gov. Points of contact are listed in the announcement. Persons unable to access the Web, can call Irma duPree, (301) 427-2089, ext. 107, for assistance.


Request for Proposals Comprehensive Study of Visitor Safety in the National Park System

Public use of the 378 units of the National Park System exceeded 275 million visits in 1998. A National Park Service (NPS) goal is to provide the public an enjoyable, safe visitor experience. Visitor risk and resulting accidents represent an important challenge to the NPS - in planning, management, and park operations. To improve visitor safety, the NPS Risk Management Division has determined that a comprehensive Public Safety Initiative should be undertaken. One component of the Public Safety Initiative is to conduct a comprehensive study of visitor safety in the National Park System.

The comprehensive study requires seven major tasks be accomplished: 1) selection of a representative sample of 30 NPS units to be included in the comprehensive study, 2) a review of the research literature relevant to visitor safety and risk communication, 3) a risk analysis of available NPS visitor accident data, 4) an inventory of risk conditions currently found in the 30 NPS units, 5) a survey of visitors at the 30 NPS units, 6) a synthesis of the literature review, accident data analysis, inventory of risk conditions, and visitor survey data into a technical report on visitor risk, and 7) participation in workshops with NPS managers in Washington, D.C., to learn about NPS managers' visitor safety concerns and to report preliminary results or progress.

The research project will be awarded as a subcontract, funded through the existing Cooperative Agreement between the NPS and the University of Idaho Cooperative Park Studies Unit (CPSU), and managed by the NPS Social Science Program. The cost is expected to be within the range of $210,000 to $250,000 including all overhead charges.

A copy of the full Request for Proposals (RFP) packet is required to prepare a competitive proposal. Copies of the RFP packet can be sent by surface mail only (they are not available electronically or by express courier service), and can be requested by contacting Sandy Watson by phone: (208) 885-7054; fax: (208) 885-4261; or e-mail: swatson@uidaho.edu.

Proposals must be received no later than January 13, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.


Conferences and Training

[Below are some recent announcements received by the Natural Hazards Center. A comprehensive list of upcoming disaster-related meetings and training is available from our World Wide Web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/conf.html]

The ABC of Business Continuity Planning. Offered by the Survive Business Continuity Group. New York City: December 13-15, 1999. Contact: Survive Secretariat, The Chapel, Royal Victoria Patriotic Building, Fitzhugh Grove, London SW18 3SX, U.K.; tel: 01144 181 870 0048; toll free: 011800 SURVIVE 5; fax: 01144 181 874 6446; e-mail: survive@survive.com; WWW: http://www.survive.com.

Living with Natural Hazards: CALAR (Concerted Action on Forecasting, Prevention and Reduction of Landslide and Avalanche Risks) Conference on Avalanches, Landslides, Rock Falls, Debris Flows. Vienna, Austria: January 17-19, 2000. Contact: Conference Secretariat, c/o Arsenal Research, CALAR - Living with Natural Hazards; tel: +43-1-797 47 544; fax: +43-1-797 47 588; e-mail: schwab.e@arsenal.ac.at; WWW: http://www.geoforum.com/contacts/events/guide/calar/ -or- http://www.swedgeo.se/calar/index.htm.

Strategic Planning and Implementation for Managers of Business Continuity and Restoration Programs. Offered by: University of California-Berkeley Extension. San Francisco, California: February 28- March 3, 2000. Contact: John Laye, Contingency Management Consultants; tel: (925) 631-0400; fax: (925) 631-0403; e-mail: johnlaye@aol.com.

Spring World 2000: The 11th Annual Corporate Contingency Planning Seminar and Exhibition. Sponsored by: DRI International, "Disaster Recovery Journal," and many others. San Diego, California: March 19- 22, 2000. Contact: Conference Registrar, P.O. Box 510110, St. Louis, MO 63151; (314) 894-0276; fax: (314) 894-7474.

Thirteenth Annual International Disaster Management Course. Offered by: Disaster Management Centre, Cranfield University. Faringdon, Oxfordshire, U.K.: July 25-August 24, 2000. Contact: Administrator, Disaster Management Centre, Cranfield University, RMCS, Shrivenham, Swindon, Wiltshire SN6 8LA, U.K.; tel: +44 1793 785287; fax: +44 1793 785883; e-mail: disprep@rmcs.cranfield.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.rmcs.cranfield.ac.uk/departments/ddmsa/dmc/dmc.htm;
- followed by -
Training of Trainers for Disaster Management Course. Shrivenham, Swindon, U.K.: August 28-September 1, 2000. Contact the address above.

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