September 21, 2000


  1. Requesting Information on Safer Communities Programs/Initiatives in Canada and the United States

  2. Seeking Information/Experts on Disaster Vulnerability of Water Utilities

  3. Seeking Course Materials on Reducing Disaster Vulnerability of Livelihoods

  4. $$$ Support Available for Research on Disasters in the Americas - A Request for Proposals

  5. A Couple of New Web Resources

  6. Help Wanted - FEMA Region V

  7. International Graduate School in Earthquake Engineering to Open in January

  8. Conferences and Training


Requesting Information on Safer Communities Programs/Initiatives in Canada and the United States

I am undertaking research related to safer community programs/ initiatives for Emergency Preparedness Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs. In Phase 1 of this project I wish to identify programs/initiatives in Canada and the United States that are designed to reduce potential losses (i.e. mitigation) due to hazards (e.g. chemical spills, earthquakes, floods, train derailment, ice storm, etc.) and thus create safer communities. Initiatives can be at any scale, from national to local.

Phase 1 is to be completed by September 30th though additional information may be added after this date. If you know of such programs/initiatives, I would appreciate a contact name, telephone number, and e-mail. All responses are greatly appreciated. My contact coordinates are:

Dr. John Newton, P.Eng.
John Newton Associates
262 Robert Street
Toronto, Ontario
Canada M5S 2K8
E-mail: j.newton@utoronto.ca
Tel: (416) 929-3621


Seeking Information/Experts on Disaster Vulnerability of Water Utilities

We are undertaking a new research project on "Surviving Disasters in Water Utilities," sponsored by the American Water Works Association Research Foundation. The project will culminate in a workshop sometime in 2001, probably early fall.

I would like to contact people working in or with water utilities to assemble a panel that can provide advice on planning and engineering measures that will reduce vulnerability of water utilities to disasters.

Also, I would like to identify documents and reports about water utility experiences in disasters. This information will be used in the above-mentioned workshop.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Neil S. Grigg
Department of Civil Engineering
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1372
(970) 491-5049 Fax: (970) 491-7727
E-mail: neilg@engr.colostate.edu
WWW: http://www.engr.colostate.edu/depts/ce


Seeking Course Materials on Reducing Disaster Vulnerability of Livelihoods

In our Local and Community Level Disaster Risk Management Course leading to the Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management [see "Conference and Training" below], we are focusing on reducing vulnerability of livelihood to natural hazards as the course theme. We would appreciate assistance in identifying information sources about the topic, such as bibliography, Web sites, and published research. Please reply to Sanny R. Jegillos, Director Asia Operations, APDMC, P.O. Box 1005, Makati Central Post Office, 1250 Makati City, Philippines; fax: (632) 817-1434; 817-0894; e-mail: sannyj@nsclub.net -or- apdmc@nsclub.net.


$$$ Support Available for Research on Disasters in the Americas
A Request for Proposals

The Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA), founded in 1998, is a partnership between the University of South Florida and Tulane University. Offices of the CDMHA are located in Tampa, Florida, within the College of Public Health at the University of South Florida, as well as at the Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and in Washington, D.C. The mission of the CDMHA is to facilitate collaborative education, training, research, and information and communication services among disaster response and humanitarian assistance agencies (e.g., the military, NGOs, PVOs, etc.), primarily in the western hemisphere.

The aim of the research program of CDMHA is to facilitate the discovery and application of scientific knowledge related to disaster preparedness and mitigation in the Americas. The scope of the program includes medical, environmental, sociocultural, and engineering issues.

In pursuit of this mission, the center announces a new competitive research grant program for "Research on Disasters in the Americas." Approximately $600,000 is available to fund seven to ten one-year projects with budgets up to $150,000 each, including indirect costs. The CDMHA's competitive grant program is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) through the Office of Naval Research (ONR).

Proposals will be considered in three areas: 1) public health issues in disasters; 2) social science, disasters, and development; and 3) information technology and decision science applied to disaster management. Priority will be given to proposals that focus on the following research issues: coordination among international, governmental, NGO, and military groups in disaster preparedness and response; integration of disaster management with long-term development; assessment of surveillance systems for measuring health, structural, and other impacts; and use of technology to enhance information systems in disaster management. Preference will be given to projects with a Latin America or Caribbean focus. Collaborative projects that team up North and South American researchers and institutions are encouraged. Also, studies that undertake research with relevance to U.S. military operations in disaster situations are encouraged. Investigators should indicate which of the three areas of emphasis are addressed in their proposals. Projects that integrate two or more priority areas are acceptable.


Applicants must submit proposals through a U.S. sponsoring institution, including research organizations, universities, consortia, NGOs, government and private agencies, foundations, and corporations. Projects involving human subjects, laboratory materials, or other safety considerations must be reviewed by official research compliance committees (e.g. human subjects/institutional review boards).

Application Procedures

Applicants interested in submitting proposals must send a two-page Letter of Intent (LOI) by November 1, 2000. The LOI should summarize the project objectives, study design, significance, and budget, and should identify any collaborating partners and institutional arrangements. Applicants who propose projects judged to fit best the identified criteria and priorities will be invited to prepare a full proposal, due February 1, 2001. Proposals will be evaluated by an outside Scientific Review Committee composed of experts in the field of disaster studies. The proposal format should follow the proposal preparation guidelines of the National Science Foundation (see http://www.nsf.gov).

Letters of Intent and proposals should be submitted by mail to: Research Grants Program, Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, 13201 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL 33612.

Time Line

September 15, 2000 - Program announcement
November 1, 2000 - Letter of Intent due
December 1, 2000 - Selection of applicants for full proposal submission
February 1, 2000 - Deadline for receipt of proposals
March 1, 2001 - Scientific review committees convene
May 1, 2001 - Notice of awards/earliest start date

Contacts for Further Information

For more information about the Research Grants Program of the CDMHA, contact Jeannine Coreil, Ph.D., e-mail: jcoreil@hsc.usf.edu, (813) 974-6698; Nick Colmenares, Ph.D., e-mail: carmaworld@aol.com, (813) 835-8289; or Nancy Mock, Ph.D., e-mail: mock@mailhost.tcs.tulane.edu, (504) 584-3655.

For general information on the CDMHA see the center's Web site: http://www.cdmha.org, or e-mail: cdmha@hsu.usf.edu, tel: (813) 974-2907; fax: (813) 974-9980 (fax).


A Couple of New Web Resources

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

The findings and recommendations of The Weather Channel Forum on Hurricane Preparedness and Response, developed by the Atmospheric Policy Program of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), suggest that our nation is at serious risk of severe damage and loss of life caused by hurricanes. The forum report, available from the AMS Web site, calls for an assessment of the vulnerability of communities with potential exposure to hurricanes and the development of improvements in the preparedness, prediction, communications, and response strategies at the national, regional, and local levels.

In January 2000 the U.K. Minister for Science announced the establishment of a Task Force on Potentially Hazardous Near Earth Objects (NEOs - asteroids and comets whose orbits bring them close to the earth). He invited the task force to recommend how the U.K. could best contribute to international efforts to determine and mitigate the risk of collisions with NEOs. This Web site offers the final report of the task force, including 14 recommendations. The task force notes that the risk due to objects whose orbits are known can be predicted with temporal and spatial accuracy, whereas the risk due to uncharted objects can only be computed using statistical averages and thus cannot include predictions of time or place of occurrence. Thus, a principle focus of the recommendations is the establishment of facilities (i.e., telescopes) and programs to identify and chart the orbits of NEOs. They also address the British role in a greater international effort, the assessment of risks, and measures to mitigate future impacts. The report also provides a comprehensive review of current knowledge about this hazard.

Two Positions Available:

Help Wanted - FEMA Region V

Position Description: Emergency Management Program Specialist. Position located in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region V office in Chicago. Assists in disaster mitigation and program support for Midwest federal disaster declarations in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. This includes: Qualifications: Experience or education in community or regional planning, public administration, code enforcement, or a related area.
Salary range: $29,500 to $52,350.

Please call Pat Glithero or Terry Fell at (312) 408-5548 for further information.


International Graduate School in Earthquake Engineering to Open in January

[Taken from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Newsletter - September 2000]

A new international graduate school in earthquake engineering will open in January 2001, based at the University of Pavia in Italy. The European School of Advanced Studies in Reduction of Seismic Risk (ROSE) graduate school has been launched to meet the increasing world demand for specialists in earthquake engineering and the attendant need for high quality education of seismic hazard mitigation professionals and researchers.

The director of the school is Professor G. Michele Calvi, and the faculty includes academics and researchers from numerous institutions across Europe as well as several universities in the U.S.

Applications for admission to the winter term of the program are due October 15; a maximum of 20 students will be admitted. Further details about the program, including application forms and scholarship information, can be obtained from ROSE School, Secretariat, Collegio Alessandro Volta, Via Ferrata, 27100 Pavia, Italy; tel: +39 0382- 548735; fax: +39 0382-528422 e-mail: rose@unipv.it; WWW: http://spadino.unipv.it/rose.html.


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]

International Emergency Symposium. Organizers: Emergency Medical Association of Turkey. Antalya, Turkey: October 6-8, 2000. The official language will be Turkish with simultaneous English translation. Contact; Gurkan Ersoy, M.D., General Secretary, Inonu Cd. No: 477 Ragip Pasa Evleri A/14, Hatay 35360, Izmir, Turkey; fax: +90 232 2441099 or 2599723; tel: +90 232 2595959, ext. 2703; GSM: 90 542 4254971; e-mail: gurkan.ersoy@deu.edu.tr.

Interregional Local and Community-Level Disaster Risk Management (LCLDRM-3) Course. Offered by: Asia Pacific Disaster Management Center (APDMC). Makati City, Philippines: October 30-November 10, 2000. This course has been accredited by Charles Sturt University, Australia, and has an associated distance learning component leading to a Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management. Contact: Sanny Jegillos, Director Asia Operations, APDMC, P.O. Box 1005, Makati Central Post Office, 1250 Makati City, Philippines; fax: (632) 817-1434; 817-0894; e-mail: sannyj@nsclub.net -or- apdmc@nsclub.net.

2000 Project Impact Summit. Sponsor: Federal Emergency Management Agency. Washington, D.C.: November 12-16, 2000. The conference organizers have recently issued a call for poster abstracts. The poster sessions will serve as a means of communicating findings from research related to Project Impact. Abstracts will be accepted until October 2, 2000. For more information on the poster sessions, contact: Dr. Stephen Meinhold, Department of Political Science, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403: (910) 962-3223; fax: (910) 962-3286; e-mail: meinholds@uncwil.edu. For more information on the conference, see: http://www.fema.gov/impact/savedate.htm.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) Workshop "Dealing With Disasters." London, Ontario, Canada: November 24-25, 2000. Contact: ICLR, 151 Yonge Street, Suite 1800, Toronto, Canada M5C 2W7; (416) 362-2031; fax: (416) 362-2602;
- or -
ICLR, c/o Boundary Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada N6A 5B9; (519) 661-3338; fax: (519) 661-3339; e-mail: Info@iclr.org; WWW: http://www.iclr.org.

Tenth Plenary Meeting of the Working Group on Emergency Telecommunications (WGET). New York City: November 30-December 1, 2000. Convened by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitatrian Affairs (OCHA), the conference includes all United Nations agencies involved in international humanitarian assistance as well as major NGOs and individual experts from the private sector and academia. For details please see: http://www.reliefweb.int/telecoms, or contact: Mrs. Goli Farrell, WGET Secretariat, e-mail: farrellg@un.org; fax: +41 22 917 0208.

Emergency Preparedness for the Americas Conference. Sponsor: U.S. Trade and Development Agency. San Juan, Puerto Rico: December 4-6, 2000. Contact: Sylvia Szankay, Technical Resources International, Inc., 6500 Rock Spring Drive, Suite 650, Rockville, MD 20817; (301) 897-7482; fax: (301) 897-7400; e-mail: sszankay@tech-res.com; WWW: http://www.tech-res-intl.com/tda/emergency.

International Conference on Natural Disasters. Sponsors: Government of Japan, Hyogo Prefecture, United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) Secretariat, World Bank, and others. Kobe, Japan: February 5-7, 2001. Contact: Mr. Toshiyasu Noda, Director, Disaster Prevention Bureau, National Land Agency, Japan; tel: +81 3 3503 5691; fax: +81 3 3501 5199; e-mail: a711901@nla.go.jp.

XIIth Global Warming International Conference and Expo (GWXII): Kyoto Compliance Review - Year 2001 Conference. Sponsors: Global Warming International Program Committee and Global Warming International Center. Cambridge University, U.K.: April 8-11, 2001. Contact: Professor Sinyan Shen, GWIC-USA, 22W381 - 75th Street, Naperville, IL 60565, USA; (630) 910-1551; fax: (630) 910-1561; e-mail: syshen@megsinet.net; WWW: http://GlobalWarming.Net.

Americas Conference on Wind Engineering (formerly U.S. National Conference on Wind Engineering). Sponsors: American Association for Wind Engineering and others. Clemson, South Carolina: June 3-6, 2001. Principal conference topics are: "Decision Making and Policy"; "Performance of Low-Rise Buildings"; and, "State-of-the-Art Issues in Research and Practice." A call for papers has been issued; abstracts are due November 1, 2000. Contact: Scott D. Schiff, Department of Civil Engineering, Lowry Hall - Box 340911, Clemson University, Clemson, SC 29634-0911; (864) 656-0456; fax: (864) 656-2670; e-mail: scott.schiff@ces.clemson.edu.

Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA) 2001 Annual Conference. Chicago, Illinois: June 10-13, 2001. Five student scholarships to the conference are available. Applications are due February 16, 2001. Contact: PRIMA, 1815 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 1020, Arlington, VA 22209-1805; (703) 528-7701; fax: (703) 528-7966; e-mail: info@primacentral.org; WWW: http://www.primacentral.org.

Fifth International Conference of Local Authorities Confronting Disasters and Emergencies - LACDE 5. Shanghai, China: October 16-18, 2002. Contact: LACDE International Secretariat, c/o Union of Local Authorities in Israel, 3 Heftman Street, P.O. Box 20040, Tel Aviv 61200, Israel; tel: +972-3-695-5024; fax: +972-3-691-6821; e-mail: ulais@netvision.net.il; WWW: http://www.ulai.org.il/f_lacde.htm.

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