July 24, 2000


  1. Seeking Information on Legislation for Pre-Disaster Mitigation

  2. Seeking Information on Sheltering Needs for Special Populations

  3. Seeking Information Comparing California and Japan Earthquake Programs

  4. UN-HiNet Being Updated

  5. Three New Quick Response Reports

  6. New Web Resources

  7. Help Wanted: USAID

  8. Help Wanted (x2): IRIS

  9. Help Wanted: Postdoc - George Perkins Marsh Institute

  10. Conferences and Training

From the Philippines

Seeking Information on Legislation for Pre-Disaster Mitigation

One of the areas for improvement in the Philippine disaster management legislation relates to the allocation of funds for disaster management. Currently, funds are immediately available after a declaration of calamity, but justifying government funding for pre-disaster programs (preparedness, mitigation, and prevention) are difficult, unless they are allocated as regular development projects or external donor funded.

We are looking for actual legislation from developed and developing countries on how they determine and allocate disaster/emergency management funds. These include how they compute and justify allocation for pre-disaster activities as well as post-disaster activities (relief and rehabilitation).

Please send replies to:
Sanny R. Jegillos, Director-Asia Operations
Asia Pacific Disaster Management Centre
No. 72 The Colonnade Residences
132 Legaspi Street
Legaspi Village
1229 Makati City
Metro Manila
Tel: (632) 810 5444
Fax: (632) 817 0894
E-mail: sannyj@nsclub.net, apdmc@nsclub.net
WWW: http://www.apdmc.com

From the Virgin Islands

Seeking Information on Sheltering Needs for Special Populations

I am an emergency clinical nurse specialist working for the U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health in St. Croix. I am interested in information regarding development of a special needs shelter related to hurricane preparedness. I specifically need admission criteria, and suggested ratio of staff to patients. Thanking you in advance for your anticipated prompt response.

Janzie Allmacher RN-C, MSN, CEN, CS
E-mail: JBA1227@aol.com

From Germany

Seeking Information Comparing California and Japan Earthquake Programs

[Forwarded from the Western States Seismic Policy Council (WSSPC); e-mail: wsspc@wsspc.org; WWW: http://www.wsspc.org.]

I have read about your investigations and am very interested in more detailed information, since I, being a student of geography at Hanover University (Germany), am writing my final dissertation about earthquake hazard reduction programs comparing Californian and Japanese programs. I would very much appreciate your providing me with any further information with regard to the above subject. Thanking you in advance for your kind support, I remain
with best regards,
Thomas Schöll
Am Kornfeld 18
31708 Ahnsen
E-mail: evilweevil@01019freenet.de

From Japan

UN-HiNet Being Updated

[Taken from the Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC) Highlights newsletter - available from http://www.adrc.or.jp. The newsletter can also be obtained through e-mail, fax, or regular mail; contact: ADRC, 3rd Floor, IHD Buidling 1-5-1, Wakihamakaigan-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0073, Japan; e-mail: editor@adrc.or.jp; tel: +81-78-230-0346; fax: +81-78-230-0347; WWW: http://www.adrc.or.jp/]

For several years, ADRC has maintained a human resource information database (UN-HiNet), in which approximately 1,400 researchers, administrators, and experts have registered from 51 countries (mainly from Asia). We are now revising the database, and it will be re-launched in August 2000 as the "ADRC Expert Network" (ADRC E-Net).

In disaster reduction, it is important to involve at least three communities: researchers, government officials in charge of disaster reduction who make decisions on the basis of knowledge and the technologies provided to them by researchers, and citizens who comply with governmental policies and provide comments back to the administration.

ADRC E-Net is a comprehensive database of human resources information that covers all disciplines, especially disaster management, disaster research, and other disaster-related works. It consists of biographical information on researchers and engineers, university professors, members of research institutions or societies, government officials, experts, NGO staff, and other institutional staff. The information can be searched by country, field of study, name, etc., and is provided in two different forms: abbreviated data, which is open information, and detailed data, which is not open.

The experts who are already registered in UN-HiNet are requested to check their personal data at http://unhinet.adrc.or.jp/ and, if necessary, to revise data via http://unhinet.adrc.or.jp/register.htm (which also provides on-line registration). Any experts who are not registered are also kindly requested to register at that site.


Three New Quick Response Reports

As regular readers of this newsletter know, the Natural Hazards Center sponsors "Quick Response" disaster research, enabling researchers to travel quickly to the site of a disaster to obtain information in the immediate aftermath of an event. We publish the reports from these studies as soon as they arrive at the center. Our latest additions include:


QR128: South Carolina's Response to Hurricane Floyd, by Kirstin Dow and Susan L. Cutter of the Hazards Research Laboratory, University of South Carolina. Dow and Cutter's study specifically examines evacuation decision making and the attitudes of those who did and did not evacuate regarding several aspects of the massive evacuation that occurred preceding Floyd.
QR129: An Analysis of the Socioeconomic Impact of Hurricane Floyd and Related Flooding on Students at East Carolina University, by Bob Edwards, Marieke Van Willigen, Stephanie Lormand, Jayme Currie, with Kristina Bye, John Maiolo, Ken Wilson. This group of researchers undertook a preliminary socioeconomic assessment of the effects of Hurricane Floyd and related flooding on the students of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina - an area hard hit by flooding. A second purpose of the study was to identify the sources from which students received needed assistance and the ways students provided assistance and contributed to local relief efforts.
QR130: Information Technology and Efficiency in Disaster Response: The Marmara, Turkey Earthquake, 17 August 1999, by Louise K. Comfort. Comfort traveled to Turkey less than a month after the Marmara earthquake. Her report addresses four aspects of information technology use following that disaster:


New Web Resources

[Below are some of the latest Internet resources we've discovered. For an extended list of some of the better Internet sites dealing with hazards, see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/sites.html]

As hazards Web surfers are well aware, the U.S. Geological Survey provides earthquake information up the wazoo via dozens of different Internet avenues. The amount of information is daunting, and, in the past that abundance, along with the multiplicity of USGS sites offering information, has sometimes made it difficult to locate and sort out the information - or to be sure that one had found the best possible information on a given earthquake subtopic. To remedy that problem, the Survey has launched this Earthquake Hazards Program site - "Earthquake Hazards on the Web" - as an entry point for all USGS earthquake information. It provides information for both global and regional earthquakes and includes sections on earthquake activity past, present, and future; earthquake education for children, grownups, and teachers; earthquake products such as maps, publications, fact sheets, videos, etc.; earthquake research; the USGS Regional Centers and regional Web sites; seismic networks; and frequently asked questions about quakes.

The National Assessment of the Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change for the United States is being conducted under the auspices of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which coordinates participation of federal agencies in global climate change research. The assessment is intended to provide a detailed understanding of the consequences of climate change for the nation and is examining the possible coping mechanisms that exist to adapt to such change. The assessment, which includes regional activities, sectoral activities, and a broad synthesis, attempts to involve concerned stakeholders from both public and private institutions in evaluating consequences for the environment, economy, and society. A draft report of the National Assessment Synthesis Team, Climate Change Impacts on the United States: The Potential Consequences of Climate Variability and Change is now available through August 11 for public comment. Available on the USGCRP Web site above, it notes several potential consequences - for example, increased summer drought and increased winter flooding - that should be of note to hazards researchers and managers. Much additional information about this major national assessment is also available from this URL.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's Multi-Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment document is now available on-line. As part of the agency's national effort to mitigate human and economic loss caused by disasters, FEMA initiated a research project to clarify and document previous efforts to identify natural and technological hazards and to assess associated risks. Subsequently, this document was prepared to summarize the findings. It reviews virtually all atmospheric, geologic, hydrologic, and other natural hazards, as well as numerous technological risks. It then summarizes several risk assessment approaches and identifies the various activities that compose the National Mitigation Strategy. It concludes with a summary and numerous appendices.

Given the current heat wave spanning the U.S., DR readers may be wondering where they can find the latest information on drought conditions. Seek no longer. The Web site of the National Drought Information Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which we have mentioned before, offers everything you need - both to understand the current situation and plan for and mitigate this and future events. At the second URL above, the center now offers a "Drought Monitor," a comprehensive analysis of the current situation - the results of a joint effort of the USDA, NOAA/CPC, and the NDMC. Released each Thursday, the monitor reviews conditions across the country and provides an outlook for the coming weeks.

As one might suspect, the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) QUAKELINE database provides information on earthquake engineering literature. However, QUAKELINE also provides access to literature for other hazards - both natural and human-made - including high winds, floods, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, hazardous material spills, and blasts/bombings. In addition, QUAKELINE covers the social and economic effects of earthquakes, the psychological effects of disasters, legislative and policy issues, as well as emergency/disaster management.

Users can easily search the QUAKELINE database at no charge at the MCEER Web site above. While the majority of QUAKELINE records cover highly technical publications, an effort has been made to include material suitable for students in middle school and high school and for the general public. QUAKELINE records contain bibliographic information for each publication: author(s), title, publisher, and year of publication, as well as a list of keywords and a brief abstract. The database presently contains over 34,000 records.

All the items listed in the QUAKELINE database are located in the University at Buffalo libraries or the MCEER Information Service, so obtaining copies is simply a matter of submitting a request via the Web site, e-mail, fax, phone, or postal mail. For more information about purchasing the database on CD-ROM or searching QUAKELINE, contact Marsha Flett, MCEER Database Coordinator, e-mail: flett@acsu.buffalo.edu. For reference/document delivery requests or information about fees, contact Laura Taddeo, MCEER Information Specialist, e-mail: ltaddeo@acsu.buffalo.edu. Both people can also be reached at the MCEER Information Service, c/o Science and Engineering Library, 304 Capen Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260-2200; (716) 645-3377; fax: (716) 645-3379; e-mail: mceeris@acsu.buffalo.edu; WWW: http://mceer.buffalo.edu/infoService/default.asp.

This "Asteroid and Comet Impact Hazards" Web site, offered by the Ames Space Science Division of NASA, provides background information about this space hazard, recent and archived news stories, reports and position papers from NASA, transcripts of recent congressional testimony on this threat, a list of currently known near-earth objects (NEOs) and projected future close encounters, an overview and reports regarding the NASA NEO Project, photographs and artist renderings of asteroid/comet encounters, and a bibliography and fact sheet on the NEO hazard.

The Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics in the U.K. has recently established a society Web site. SECED was founded in 1969 to promote the study and practice of earthquake engineering and civil engineering dynamics, and acts as a forum for professionals who need to keep abreast of the rapid developments in the field. The site includes descriptions of forthcoming professional meetings and training, a SECED Directory of practitioners, information on the upcoming Twelfth European Conference on Earthquake Engineering, descriptions of earthquake engineering research in the U.K., a questionnaire on research in earthquake engineering (due August 15, 2000), meeting reports, links to research institutions in the European Community, a SECED mailing list for virtual debate, numerous other links and additional information.


Help Wanted: USAID

Notice 0720:
1) Solicitation number: 111-0700-003
2) Issuance date: July 12, 2000
3) Closing date: August 11, 2000
4) Position title: Earthquake Zone Program Manager
5) Market value: Equivalent to GS 13 ($55,837.00 to $72,586.00)
6) Period of performance: Two years
7) Place of performance: Yerevan, Armenia
8) Scope of Work:
- Organizational Location of Position: USAID/Armenia, Office of Democracy and Social Reform.
- Position Title/Grade of Direct Supervisor: The Earthquake Zone Program Manager will report to the Office Director of the Democracy and Social Reform Office, which is an FS-01 graded position.

I. Introduction: . . . USAID has . . . been supporting a special pilot initiative to meet the shelter needs of those still living in temporary shelters due to the 1988 earthquake in the northern region of Armenia. The pilot initiative includes the issuance of housing certificates that households can use to purchase an available housing unit. Approximately 26,000 households still occupy temporary shelters based on this earthquake. The Mission is in the process of designing a new approximately $15 million program to meet the shelter needs of those living in the earthquake zone, building on the experience under the current pilot program.

The Earthquake Zone Program manager will be responsible for managing the pilot program as well as the longer-term program, and for ensuring that all USAID-funded programs that take place in the earthquake region are complementary to the initiatives that address shelter needs. Given the large number of other donors providing assistance in the earthquake zone, the Program Manager will also be responsible for donor coordination. The program has a high profile, and is complex, requiring the active collaboration of a number of local, regional, and national counterparts, and addressing sensitive policy issues connected to compensation for losses suffered during the earthquake, urban planning and urban renewal, and overall housing sector policy.

II. Major Duties and Responsibilities of the Position: The Earthquake Zone Program Manager will manage the Mission's shelter-related initiatives in the earthquake zone, and function as an integral part of the team which manages the Mission's broader social reform and social transition activities. The incumbent will assist and advise the USAID/Armenia Mission in all aspects of the earthquake zone portfolio, as well as on general housing policy issues. The Earthquake Zone Program Manager is expected to provide leadership in the shelter and housing policy area to the Mission, based on his/her technical expertise. In performing his/her duties, the Program Manager will be expected to coordinate with mid- to high-level local and national Armenian government officials, other donors and nongovernmental organizations active in these fields to ensure collaboration and the best use of Mission resources.
IV. Education/Experience Required for the Position:
A. Education: A masters' degree in urban development, public administration or a related field, or equivalent experience in place of a degree, is required.
B. Experience: A minimum of five years of professional experience overseas working on shelter policy, shelter provision or earthquake related reconstruction/redevelopment programs is required. Experience in Eastern Europe or the former Soviet Union, and experience working with USAID and other international development organizations are desirable. Prior experience managing and coordinating complex and high profile programs involving numerous counterparts will be a benefit.
C. Language Skills: A working knowledge of Russian and/or Armenian is highly desired.
D. Specific Skills: The incumbent must have the capacity to make effective oral presentations, and should possess superior written communication and interpersonal skills. The Program Manager should also have the ability to work effectively in a team environment to achieve consensus on policy, project, and administrative matters, and be proficient in computer use.
More information is available from and applications should be sent to:
Sean O'Leary
Executive Officer DOS/USAID
720 Yerevan Place
Washington, DC 20521-7020
E-mail: seoleary@usaid.gov
Fax: Attn: Sean O'Leary: 374-215-1131*(Armenia)
Submissions must be received at USAID/Armenia by COB August 11, 2000.


Help Wanted (x2): IRIS

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) - a consortium of 93 research universities supported by the National Science Foundation to operate facilities for research in seismology and the earth sciences - is seeking both a Director of Operations and an Education and Outreach Program Specialist to work at IRIS headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Director of Operations coordinates the management of current and future programs and, where possible, integrates activities across programs. He/she is responsible for assisting in the preparation of annual plans and budgets and in program and funding development. For more information about this position, e-mail: brooke@iris.edu.

The Education and Outreach Program Specialist will participate in a suite of educational activities related to seismic data and digital library intiatives among IRIS members. More information is available by e-mailing Catherine Johnson, Education and Outreach Program Manager, catherine@iris.edu.

Applications for either position are due August 1. They should be sent to the IRIS Consortium, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005. (For the director's position, applications should be sent attn: Human Resources - Search for Director of Operations; for the program specialist position, attn: Dr. Catherine Johnson.)


Help Wanted: Postdoc - George Perkins Marsh Institute, Clark University

The George Perkins Marsh Institute of Clark University seeks a highly qualified research scholar to assume a postdoctoral research position. This person will take a leading role in developing a new initiative on understanding human vulnerability to global/environmental change, with a specific emphasis on land and land use. We particularly seek broadly educated candidates open to linkages among diverse theoretical and disciplinary approaches, and capable of working with diverse research teams of social scientists, ecologists, and integrated modelers. In the initiative at hand, the institute's internal "vulnerability" effort joins an inter-institutional project that involves research teams from Harvard and Stanford, and individuals from the Stockholm Environment Institute and Potsdam Institute in a two-year examination of linking vulnerability, sustainability, and decision science. Substantive expertise includes but is not limited to climate impact analysis, risk/hazards research, and cultural/political ecology. Strong analytic and writing skills are essential, and a background in quantitative analysis, geographic information systems, and/or modeling is helpful.

Candidates should preferably hold a Ph.D. in one of the social sciences, have demonstrated strong research capabilities, and possess the ability to work collegially and in a team context. The position is for two years beginning in September 2000, at a salary of $36,000. Interested parties should contact Clark immediately by e-mail: bturner@clarku.edu + cc: otaylor@clarku.edu. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Candidates should submit, either by e-mail, fax [(508) 751-4600], or mail, a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to:
B.L. Turner II & O.Taylor
George Perkins Marsh Institute
Clark University
950 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610-1477


Conferences and Training

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

Workshop on Urban Design Issues in Communities Stricken by the Kocaeli Earthquake. Sponsor: ITU Environment and Urbanism Research Center. Istanbul, Turkey: August 14-26, 2000. Contact: Azime Tezer, ITU Environment and Urbanism Research Center, Taskysla/Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey; tel: 90-212-2492834; fax: 90-212-2517831; e-mail: tezera@itu.edu.tr; WWW: http://www.itu.edu.tr/cevse.

Disaster Management Workshops. Offered by: Department of Engineering Professional Development, College of Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Madison, Wisconsin: September 18-22, 2000. Contact: Katie Peterson, Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; 1-800-462-0876; fax: (608) 263-3160; e-mail: custserv@epd.engr.wisc.edu; WWW: http://epd.engr.wisc.edu -or- Don Schramm, Program Director, address and phone as above; e-mail: schramm@engr.wisc.edu.

First California Symposium on Aviation Emergencies. Sponsors: Emergency and Disaster Management, Inc. and the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting working group. Santa Monica, California: September 25-26, 2000. Contact: Gunnar J. Kuepper, Chairman, First California Symposium on Aviation Emergencies, c/o Emergency and Disaster Management, Inc., 1888 Century Park East, Suite 1900, Los Angeles, CA 90067; (310) 284-3194; fax: (310) 284-3195; WWW: http://www.emergency-management.net.

First International Congress on Disaster Psychiatry. Sponsors: Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO), Mount Sinai Medical Center, and New York State Office of Mental Health. New York City: October 14, 2000. Contact: Dr. Craig L. Katz; (212) 860-8665; WWW: http://www.disaster-psychiatry.org.

Manitoba Emergency Management Conference: "Mitigation 2000." Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: November 16-18, 2000. WWW: http://www.gov.mb.ca/gs/memo/conference.html; e-mail: conference@gs.gov.mb.ca.

Canadian Hazards Assessment Meeting (part of an ICLR workshop on natural hazards). London, Ontario, Canada: November 24-25, 2000. For information on the Canadian Hazards Assessment Project, see DR #312. Open to all interested persons. Contact: David Etkin, Adaptation and Impacts Research Group, University of Toronto, Environment Canada, 33 Willcocks Street #1016V, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3E8 Canada; (416) 978-6310; fax: (416) 978-3884; e-mail: david.etkin@ec.gc.ca; WWW: http://www1.tor.ec.gc.ca/airg.

Second Kampala Conference on Earthquake Disaster Preparedness: "Reducing Earthquake Effects in Developing Countries." Sponsor: Uganda Seismic Safety Association and others. Kampala, Uganda: December 4-5, 2000. Abstracts due September 30. Contact: Dr. Eng. B.M. Kiggundu, Faculty of Technology, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda; e-mail: dean@techmuk.ac.ug -or- Dr. E.M. Twesigomwe, Department of Physics, Makerere University, P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda; tel: 041 531498; fax: 041 531061; e-mail: physics@starcom.co.ug.

81st American Meteorological Society (AMS) Annual Meeting. Albuquerque, New Mexico: January 14-19, 2001. Contact: AMS, Meetings Department, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-3693; (617) 227-2425; fax: (617) 742-8718; e-mail: amsinfo@ametsoc.org; WWW: http://www.ametsoc.org/AMS/meet/81annual/81annual_right.html.

Cities on Volcanoes 2. Organizers: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, Auckland Regional Council, Massey University, University of Auckland, and the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry of the Earth's Interior. Auckland, New Zealand: February 12-16, 2001. Abstracts due September 1, 2000. Contact: Secretary, Cities on Volcanoes 2, Wairakei Research Centre, Private Bag 2000, Taupo, New Zealand; tel: +64 7 374 8211; fax: 64-7-374 8199; e-mail: citiesonvolc2@gns.cri.nz; WWW: http://www.gns.cri.nz/news/conferences/cities.html.

Millennial Meeting of the Seismological Society of America. San Francisco, California: April 18-20, 2001. Contact: David P. Schwartz, (650) 329-5651; e-mail: dschwartz@usgs.gov -or- Anne S. Kiremidjian, (650) 723-4164; e-mail: kiremidjian@ce.stanford.edu; WWW: http://www.seismosoc.org/meetings.

Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU) Annual Meeting, held in conjunction with the 58th Annual Eastern Snow Conference.
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: May 14-17, 2001. Abstracts for both conferences due January 31, 2001.
For information on the CGU conference, contact: S. Pagiatakis, Geomatics Canada, 615 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada K1A 0E9; (613) 995-8720; fax: (613) 992-6628; e-mail: sppagiat@NRCan.gc.ca; WWW: http://www.cgu-ugc.ca.
For information on the snow conference, contact: J. Pomeroy, Centre for Glaciology, Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, U.K. SY23 3DB; tel: +44-1970-622781; fax: +44- 1970-622659; e-mail: john.pomeroy@aber.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.msc-smc.ec.gc.ca/crysys/esc/.

First World Congress on Disaster Reduction. Sponsors: American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and others. Washington, D.C.: August 19-24, 2001. Contact: Walter Hays, ASCE, 1801 Alexander Bell Drive, Reston, VA 20191; (703) 295-6054; e-mail: whays@asce.org; or Michael Cassaro, ASCE; e-mail: macass@aye.net.

Third International Disaster and Emergency Readiness Conference. The Hague, The Netherlands: October 23-25, 2001. Contact: Mrs. Jan Tucker, IDER Project Manager, Andrich International Ltd, 51 Market Place, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 9AZ, U.K.; tel: +44 (0)1985 846181; fax: +44 (0)1985 846163; e-mail: jan@andrich.com.

Twelfth European Conference on Earthquake Engineering. London, U.K.: September 9-13, 2002. Organizers: European Association for Earthquake Engineering, Society for Earthquake and Civil Engineering Dynamics. A call for abstracts will be issued in September 2000. Contact: Rachel Coninx, 12ECEE Secretariat, Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA, U.K.; tel: +44 (0)20 7665 2312; fax: +44 (0)20 7233 1743; e-mail: 12ecee@ice.org.uk; WWW: http://www.ice.org.uk.

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