March 6, 2002


  1. Another Quick Response Report On-line
  2. Two Documents Explore Holistic Disaster Recovery
  3. New Center Targets Science and Policy
  4. New Center Launches Ogmius Newsletter
  5. Help Wanted: Project Manager for EERI's New Mitigation Center
  6. USGS Announces 2003 Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Grants
  7. Help Wanted: Chair, AMU's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program
  8. NFPA Solicits Technical Committee Members
  9. NFPA Again: Seeking Comments on Disaster Management Standards
  10. FEMA Offers Firefighter Grants
  11. Seeking Information: GIS and 9-11 Terrorist Attacks
  12. Help Wanted: Emergency Administration Prof at UNT
  13. Seeking Assistance: All-hazards Textbook
  14. FEMA Region VIII Sponsors Grant Writing Workshop
  15. Web Site Planners Need Insurance Economics/Risk Management Resources
  16. Course Outlines Special Events Planning
  17. Help Wanted: Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba
  18. Call for Papers: Responses to WTC Attacks
  19. Internet Resources of Interest
  20. Conferences and Training


Another Quick Response Report On-line

Another quick response report is available on the Natural Hazards Center's Web site. Risk Factors for Death in the 8 April 1998 Alabama Tornadoes by Yuichi Ono discusses risk factor patterns associated with tornado deaths. From research conducted after a 1998 Alabama tornado, Ono concludes that basements - still the safest shelter for those in a framed house - must be used correctly to effectively protect against injury or death, a vehicle might be safer than a mobile home during a tornado, and socially vulnerable people (physically/mentally disabled, sick, etc.) will need assistance to escape harm. The Natural Hazards Center sponsors Quick Response investigations that allow researchers to visit the site of a disaster immediately after impact in order to assess response and recovery. In turn, the researchers publish summaries of their findings on the Hazards Center Web site. The newest report is on the Web at http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/qr/qr145/qr145.html.

Two Documents Explore Holistic Disaster Recovery

The period after a disaster can be a chaotic and discouraging one, especially for small- and medium-sized communities who are faced with innumerable difficult decisions, public pressure to act quickly, a confusing array of federal and state assistance programs, and a good deal of uncertainty. But it can also be an opportunity to improve the community for the long run, simply by adopting a broader perspective on the situation and by carrying out postdisaster decision-making and activities in a slightly different way. Two publications recently released by the Natural Hazards Center explain just such a new approach, termed "holistic disaster recovery," which integrates what is known about the process of recovering and reconstruction after a disaster with the principles of sustainability.

Holistic Disaster Recovery: Ideas for Building Local Sustainability after a Natural Disaster is an all-purpose handbook that contains background information, practical descriptions, and ideas about what sustainability is, why it is good for a community, and how it can be applied during disaster recovery. The book is intended for local officials and staff, activists, and the disaster recovery experts who help a community during disaster recovery, including state planners, emergency management professionals, mitigation specialists, and others.

Holistic Disaster Recovery (2001, 234 pp.) was produced under a 20-month project funded by the Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI). Printed copies can be obtained free from the PERI, 11350 Random Hills Road, Fairfax, VA 22030; (703) 352-1846; fax: (703) 352-6339; e-mail: dkouba@riskinstitute.org; WWW: http://www.riskinstitute.org. The handbook is also available in PDF format on the Hazards Center Web site at http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/holistic_recovery.

Another product of that project is a synthesis of the holistic recovery concept just released as Issue #3 of the Natural Hazards Informer. Building Back Better: Creating a Sustainable Community after Disaster, by Jacquelyn L. Monday, summarizes the importance of sustainability in the context of disaster recovery, presents the holistic recovery decisionmaking framework, and suggests how communities can incorporate sustainability ideals into each step of their recovery process. This issue of the Informer is intended for the same audience as the longer handbook but is also appropriate for distribution to citizens, elected officials, and others who would benefit from a synopsis of the concept.

Building Back Better was distributed to all Natural Hazards Observer subscribers. It is also available on the Center's Web site in PDF format at http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/informer. Readers are encouraged to print, copy, and widely distribute the Informer.


New Center Targets Science and Policy

Public and private sector decisionmakers need scientific and technical information to help them form policy. But, too often, scientific information is not readily available or easily grasped. Exploring and understanding the relationship between scientific research and decisionmaking is the focus of the new Center for Science Policy and Research. The Center is part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado. The new program employs research, graduate and undergraduate education programs, and outreach through the Internet, newsletters, and workshops to explore its emphasis in:

The Center has several ongoing projects linking science and society. The Atmospheric Sciences Policy Education and Network Program (ASPEN, formerly within the National Center for Atmospheric Research's (NCAR) Environmental and Societal Impacts Group) focuses on the societal aspects of weather through a World Wide Web portal and the WeatherZine newsletter. Predictcentral.org evaluates prediction products and their use in decisionmaking. Undergraduate students explore how science and society interact to form public policy through the Global Climate Change and Society project. And, researchers in the Western Water Assessment project conduct interdisciplinary research linking climate, water, and society.

For more information about the Center and its activities, visit the Web site at http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/ or contact the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, University of Colorado/CIRES, 1333 Grandview Avenue, 488 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0488; (303) 735-0451; fax: (303) 735-1576.


New Center Launches Ogmius Newsletter

A new newsletter published by the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (see #3 above) highlights ideas, events, and research from the world of science and technology policy. The Ogmius newsletter, named after the Gallic god of Eloquence, is published three times a year and contains information of interest to the science policy and hazards communities. Included are topical exchanges from leading policy professionals; news; educational and research opportunities; meetings; updates on the Center's projects, Web sites, and publications; and Web and media resources. Ogmius is available on-line in PDF or HTML format at http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/ogmius/. To be added to the e-mail notification list, use the on-line form at http://sciencepolicy.colorado.edu/ogmius/subscriptions.html or send an e-mail message to ogmius-admin@sciencepolicy.colorado.edu with your name, organization, e-mail address, interests and needs, and how you heard about the newsletter.


Help Wanted: Project Manager for EERI's New Mitigation Center

A half-time project manager is needed to oversee the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute's (EERI) new Earthquake Mitigation Center. The Center, which is partially funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, will collect and house existing materials and programs about earthquake risk, safety, and mitigation; identify resource needs; and train earthquake professionals to use the materials to promote local, regional, national, and international seismic safety. The successful candidate will work with the Center's advisory committee and EERI members to support Center activities, oversee the development of Web-based and library resource centers, organize hands-on and Web cast training workshops, identify existing materials, and assist in developing additional materials to promote mitigation. The project manager must have experience in earthquake mitigation; be familiar with federal, state, and local programs and materials; and be familiar with key individuals and organizations in the earthquake engineering and hazard mitigation fields. The position requires some travel, and partial telecommuting and off-site work will be considered. Applications are due March 31, 2002. For more information about the Center and the position, see the Web site at http://www.eeri.org/mitigation/. To apply, send a cover letter describing interest, experience, background, and availability along with a resume to Susan K. Tubbesing, EERI Executive Director, 499 14th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934.


USGS Announces 2003 Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program Grants

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is requesting research proposals for its 2003 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (EHP). Several significant program changes were made since last year so applicants should read the announcement and attachment A documents carefully. The EHP is undergoing its 5-year review, and as such, is in transition between old and new planning goals. The priorities for this transitional year's grant program are 1) Earthquake hazards assessments: Products for earthquake loss reduction and 2) Earthquake physics and effects. Each topic is applicable to six regional or topical areas, which include southern California, northern California, the Pacific Northwest, the Central and Eastern United States, National/Intermountain West, and Earthquake physics and effects. Proposal deadline is May 1, 2002. All pertinent documents are available in Adobe PDF format at http://www.usgs.gov/contracts/nehrp/. To have paper copies of the grant materials mailed to you, send an e-mail message to John Unger, USGS, at junger@usgs.gov.


Help Wanted: Chair, AMU's Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program

The American Military University (AMU), in Manassas, Virginia, seeks an academic department chair for the Emergency Management and Homeland Security Program. The department chair coordinates the development, maintenance, and growth of an aggressive emergency management and homeland security program delivered to students interested in providing response to a catastrophic disaster and its effects. The chair manages a variety of certificate and degree offerings at graduate and undergraduate levels in public health, emergency/disaster management, homeland security, weapons of mass destruction preparedness, and more. The programs are part of a distance education system that has over 50 academic programs, 430 faculty, and 10,400 students around the world. The student body is primarily the national security community, including military, law enforcement, intelligence, fire fighters, and emergency responders. The selected individual will have at least a master's degree and experience related to emergency management and homeland security, or someone who can demonstrate expertise in some indirect manner. Interested parties should e-mail their resume to James J. Flaggert, Academic Dean, American Military University, 10648 Wakeman Court, Manassas, VA 20110; (703) 330-5398, ext. 865; fax: (703) 330-5109; e-mail: jflaggert@amunet.edu. For more information about AMU, see the Web site at http://www.amunet.edu.


NFPA Solicits Technical Committee Members

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is soliciting members for several of its technical committees that are responsible for developing and revising NFPA's 300 consensus codes and standards. A full, open-consensus process is used to develop the rules. Committees first write a draft of each NFPA approved code/standard. These drafts are publicly reviewed and the comments incorporated into the text. The updated report is again publicly reviewed. After more revising, the committee compiles a final comment report that is presented to NFPA's membership for voting.

Each committee has volunteer members from a balance of affected interests. To ensure that committees contain no more than one-third of any single interest group, members are classified by categories, which include applied research/testing laboratory, consumer, enforcing authority, installer/maintainer, insurance, labor, manufacturer, special expert, and user. For more details on committee responsibilities and the application process, visit the Web site at http://www.nfpa.org/codes/technicalcommittees.asp or telephone NFPA's office at (617) 984-7246.

Currently, NFPA needs applicants who understand NFPA's codes and standards development process for several of its technical committees. Of particular interest to DR readers is the committee on emergency service organization risk management. NFPA needs members in all categories for this committee.


NFPA Again: Seeking Comments on Disaster Management Standards

The newest disaster management standards by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) are available for review and comment. Suggestions or revisions for the NFPA's 1600 Standard on Disaster/Emergency Management and Business Continuity Programs are due by June 28, 2002. To see the status of NFPA 1600, visit the Web site at http://www.nasttpo.org and follow links to the NFPA 1600 status page. Revisions can be submitted on-line at http://www.nfpa.org/codes/proposalsandcomments.asp or download Adobe PDF format forms and mail comments to: NFPA, 1 Batterymarch Park, P.O. Box 9101, Quincy, MA 02269-9101. For questions, contact either Lloyd Bokman, Ohio Emergency Management Agency; (614) 799-3679; e-mail: lbokman@dps.state.oh.us; or Martha Curtis, NFPA Staff Liaison; e-mail: mcurtis@nfpa.org.


FEMA Offers Firefighter Grants

It takes a lot of money to properly outfit and maintain a local fire department. Recognizing this, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is sponsoring the 2002 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. The Agency will award up to $360 million in one-year grants to help U.S. fire departments garner the basic tools and resources to protect the health and safety of the public and firefighting personnel. Departments can apply for grants in one of four program areas: 1) fire operations and firefighter safety, including training, wellness and fitness, firefighting equipment, and personal protective equipment; 2) fire prevention, including public education, public awareness, code enforcement, and arson prevention; 3) emergency medical services, including training and/or equipment; and 4) firefighting vehicles.

Fire departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands are eligible to apply. A fire department is an agency or organization that has a formally recognized arrangement with a state, local, or tribal authority (city, county, parish, fire district, township, town, or other governing body) to provide fire suppression, fire prevention, and/or rescue services to a population within a fixed geographical area.

Applications are due by April 1, 2002, and funds will be awarded beginning in May. Applicants are encouraged to apply on-line using the forms available at the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) Web site at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/grants. USFA recently held workshops to assist fire departments with the application process (see DR 361). For more information about the grants and the application process, visit the Web site, call (866) 274-0960, or send an e-mail to usfagrants@fema.gov.


Seeking Information: GIS and 9-11 Terrorist Attacks

I'm looking for information on lessons learned from the New York City and Pentagon attacks. My concentration is the use of GIS in disaster response.

Bryan Perdue
E-mail: bryan.l.perdue@erdc.usace.army.mil


Help Wanted: Emergency Administration Prof at UNT

An assistant professor is needed for the Emergency Administration and Planning (EADP) program at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. The tenure-track position begins September 1, 2002. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate classes in the EADP program and an occasional graduate course through the Master of Public Administration program. Preference will be given to candidates holding PhDs at the time the appointment begins. Candidates with research interests and professional qualifications in emergency management from any disaster-related discipline are welcome to apply. Application deadline is March 25, 2002, but packages will be accepted until the position is filled. For more information about the EADP program, visit the Web site at http://www.scs.unt.edu/depts/eadp/. To apply, send a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and three letters of recommendation to EADP Faculty Search Committee, Department of Public Administration, P.O. Box 310617, Denton, TX 76203-0617.


Seeking Assistance: All-hazards Textbook

I am a 1990 graduate of the Emergency Administration and Planning (EADP) program at the University of North Texas. I am now coordinator of environmental technology at Tarrant County College (NW) and am trying to find an all-hazards text for my contingency planning class. I currently use Industrial Emergency Preparedness by Robert B. Kelly. It's not bad (could be better), but the bookstore sells it for over $100, and I know there are better books for less money. The class has beginning students that I am introducing to all hazards planning so the text needs to be inclusive but not for professionals. Please send me any textbook recommendations you may have or any information to point me in the right direction.

J.Mike Bright
Coordinator Environmental Technology
Tarrant County College (NW)
4801 Marine Creek Pkwy
Fort Worth, TX 76179
(817) 515-7136
E-mail: mike.bright@tccd.net


FEMA Region VIII Sponsors Grant Writing Workshop

Need help writing fundable grant applications? An upcoming training course offers that needed assistance. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Region VIII is sponsoring "Grantmanship," May 6-10, 2002, at the Federal Center in Denver, Colorado. The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) will present the course. During the week-long session, participants will learn how to research grants and prepare grant-supporting documentation. For more information about TCGI, the course materials, and registration, see http://www.tgci.com/. For questions, contact: Tony Mendes, Pre-Disaster Mitigation, FEMA Region VIII, Denver, CO; (303) 235-4790; fax: (303) 235-4729; e-mail: tony.mendes@fema.gov.


Web Site Planners Need Insurance Economics/Risk Management Resources

A new Web site aimed at becoming a central distribution point for insurance economics and risk management research needs research and teaching materials to fill its pages. The site will contain research papers, reports, and other academic fodder and will offer teaching tools to assist instructors in designing and planning insurance economic courses. The Web site, under development by the S. S. Huebner Foundation for Insurance Education at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, should launch later this year. The organizers require working papers; accepted but not yet published articles; unpublished book chapters; seminar, conference, and new book announcements; insurance and risk management course reading lists and syllabi; and innovative teaching materials (computer models/case studies). If interested in submitting materials, send electronic versions, preferably Adobe Acrobat PDF formatted files or mainstream word processor files (e.g., Microsoft Word), to huebner_foundation@wharton.upenn.edu. For more information about the project, contact J. David Cummins, Huebner Foundation's Executive Director, at cummins@wharton.upenn.edu.


Course Outlines Special Events Planning

Planning a special event has many challenges, especially when considering the safety of participants. Those who must help prepare and plan for safety at special events yet are unfamiliar with their role in the process can learn general planning guidelines through a CD-ROM independent study course and job aid manual from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). The course is intended to help newcomers become comfortable with keeping mass public gatherings safe. Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies IS-15 is designed for a wide audience, including new emergency managers, emergency operations personnel (police, fire, medical services, and public works), and public and private community organization representatives. For more information and course registration, see EMI's course description at http://training.fema.gov/emiweb/is15.htm.


Help Wanted: Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba

The Natural Resources Institute at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position. Candidates are required to have a proven ability to apply information communication technology to natural resource and environmental management issues. Expertise in quantitative techniques and/or modeling is desirable. Preference will be given to applicants with research interests in water resources, ecosystem-based management, gender issues, community-based management, and environmental policy and decisionmaking. The successful candidate should have a PhD in a related discipline, an established record of scholarly research and publication, and a demonstrated commitment to teaching. Application deadline is March 15, 2002, and the appointment begins July 1, 2002. Detailed information about the Institute and the University is available at http://www.umanitoba.ca/institutes/natural_resources/index.html. Send applications, including a curriculum vitae, statement of teaching specialization and research interests, and the names of three referees to Emdad Haque, Director of the Natural Resources Institute and Chair of the Search Committee, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2.


Call for Papers: Responses to WTC Attacks

The International Sociological Association Research Committee on Disasters (IRCD) is soliciting papers for a session entitled "Individual and Group Responses to the Attack on the World Trade Center" at the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 16-20, 2002, in Chicago, Illinois. A copy of your paper's abstract should be e-mailed by April 30, 2002 to both E. L. Quarantelli, Session Organizer, at elqdrc@udel.edu and Gary Webb, Session Chair, at webbgr@okstate.edu. Papers presented at the session will be considered for publication in a special issue on the topic in The International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, the official journal of the IRCD.


Internet Resources of Interest

(Below are new Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of good Internet sites dealing with hazards, see http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/sites/sites.html)
The Emergency Email Network provides emergency notifications from local/regional/national governments, Red Cross, civil defense, and other public service agencies to subscribers via the Internet and e-mail (computer, cell phone, digital pager, and FAX). Users receive the emergency information alerts by filling out an on-line form and choosing one or more U.S. counties of interest. Messages contain alerts about severe weather, evacuations, health emergencies, natural disasters, utility outage information, locating emergency supplies, organ donations, daily weather forecasts, routine blood drives organized by the Red Cross, and other Internet services (third party solicitation). Governmentand public agencies can join the network and distribute their alerts and notices to professional and citizen subscribers.

In response to September 11 and continued terrorism threats, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is providing free on-line access to several of its popular documents. The five reports and the related materials from the group's Hazardous Materials Response Handbook detail responses to and protection from hazardous materials incidents, including terrorist attacks.

Ordering flood maps and related reports, studies, and other materials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) just got easier. FEMA recently "opened" its on-line Flood Map Store that allows customers to search for maps and products, browse product descriptions, or enter known community and map numbers to find products fast. Users must log-in and provide a credit card number before ordering. Products can also still be purchased through the toll-free telephone number (800) 358-9616.

Homeland security means protecting U.S. citizens from and rapidly responding to terrorists, military, natural disaster, and other threats. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) assists in preparing the country for homeland security. Its newest endeavors, sparked by the September 11 attacks and outlined on this Web page, focus more intently on terrorism and helping those on the frontline cope and respond to terrorist threats. The projects include safer structures and secure information systems, enhanced threat detection and protection, tools for law enforcement, and emergency response.


Conferences and Training

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

Emergency Preparedness in the Built Environment. Sponsor: International Facility Management Association.

-Las Vegas, Nevada: March 7, 2002
-New York, New York: March 11, 2002
-Chicago, Illinois: March 14, 2002
-Toronto, Ontario, Canada: March 19, 2002
-Montreal, Quebec, Canada: March 22, 2002
-Denver, Colorado: March 26, 2002
-Austin, Texas: April 22, 2002

Contact: International Facility Management Association Headquarters; (713) 623-4362; e-mail: events@ifma.org; WWW: http://web.ifma.org/ep/index.html.

Community Response to Aviation Disasters. Sponsors: Family Assistance Foundation and Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the American Red Cross. Topics cover survivor demands and support, demands on responding organizations, local community response planning, multi-disciplined responses, and survivors speaking about their experiences and needs in time of crisis. Los Angeles, California: March 15-16, 2002. Contact: Kate Larson, Family Assistance Foundation, 1691 Phoenix Blvd, Suite 150, Atlanta, GA 30349; (770) 909-7474; e-mail: kate@fafonline.org.

Spring Technical Workshop and Flood Forum. "No Adverse Impacts." Sponsor: Oklahoma Floodplain Managers Association (OFMA). Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: March 17-19, 2002. Contact: Carolyn Schultz, OFMA, P.O. Box 8101, Tulsa, OK 74101-8101; (918) 669-4919; WWW: http://www.okflood.org.

The 2002 Business Continuity and Contingency Planning Congress. Sponsor: International Quality and Productivity Center (IQPC). Chicago, Illinois: March 18-19, 2002. For more information, contact: IQPC; (800) 882-8684; e-mail: info@iqpc.com; WWW: http://www.iqpc.com.

Reducing Seismic Consequences for URM Buildings: Assessment and Retrofit Design. Sponsor: Mid-America Earthquake Center. St. Louis, Missouri: March 20-21, 2002. Contact: Mid-America Earthquake Center, 1241 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 205 N. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801; (217) 244-6302; WWW: http://mae.ce.uiuc.edu/.

2002 KOSHAM Conference. Host: Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation. Seoul, Korea: March 23, 2002. Contact: Korean Society of Hazard Mitigation, 210 Engrg. Annex, School of Engineering, Korea University, 5-1 Anam-Dong, Sungbok-Ku, Seoul, 136-701, Korea; tel: 011-822-823-1511; fax: 011-822-923-1611; e-mail: hazards1511@korea.com.

The Global Security and Disaster Response Summit. Hosted by Equity International. Sponsors: DevelopmentEx, Land Rover, Xybernaut, Volga Dnepr Airlines, and Iridium Satellites. The Summit will bring corporate, military, and government leaders together on the worldwide response to the September 11 terrorist attack by addressing bioterrorism and the threat of chemical and nuclear terrorism, travel safety and economic security, the rebuilding of New York's financial district, reconstructing Afghanistan, the plight of 3.5 million Afghan refugees, and new economic aid to Pakistan and other Asian countries. Washington, D.C.: March 24-26, 2002. Contact: The Center for Reconstruction and Development, Equity International, Inc., 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20006; WWW: http://www.rec-dev.com/html/summit.html.

"Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations System (CAMEO Fm)" Training Course. The CAMEO suite of programs (CAMEO, ALOHA, and MARPLOT) is being redesigned and updated with Filemaker to replace the aging FoxPro and HyperCard applications used in the present versions. This training course will introduce new users to the latest version and highlight new features for established users. Boston, Massachusetts: March 25-27, 2002. For program and registration information, contact: Harvard School of Public Health, Center for Continuing Professional Education, 677 Huntington Avenue, CCPE - Dept. A, Boston, MA 02115-6096; (617) 432-1171; fax: (617) 432-1969; e-mail: contedu@hsph.harvard.edu; WWW: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/ccpe/programs/CAMEO.shtml.

"Disasters and Development" Short Course. Cape Town, South Africa: April 10-17, 2002. Contact: Christina Nomdo or Monwa Vumazonke, Cape Town Disaster Mitigation for Sustainable Livelihoods Programme (DiMP), University of Cape Town, Rondebosch 7701 South Africa; tel. +27-021-650-4115/6 or +27-021-650-2987; fax: +27-021-689-1217; e-mail: nomdo@enviro.uct.ac.za or monwa@enviro.uct.ac.za.

Negotiating Effective Environmental Agreements. Course covers negotiations on several hazard situations, including oil spills, floods, and mercury mines. Offered by: CONCUR, Inc. Berkeley, California: April 18-19, 2002. Contact: CONCUR, Inc., 1832 Second Street, Berkeley, CA 94710; (510) 649-8008; fax (510) 649-1980; e-mail: concur@concurinc.net; WWW: http://www.concurinc.com.

4th USWRP Science Symposium. Sponsor: The U.S. Weather Research Program. The symposium will present new research findings on quantitative precipitation forecasting, data assimilation, and the optimal mix of observations and will examine the effectiveness of projects and approaches toward the goal of improved weather prediction. To present, e-mail a one-page abstract by March 15, 2002, to Carey Kerschner at kersch@ucar.edu that addresses the following questions: 1) What are the key scientific findings from your research? 2) Presumably, your research can be utilized to improve forecasts of precipitation. How? Through the use of better observing systems? Better assimilation techniques? Better model physics? These questions can be answered from short- and/or long-term perspectives, as appropriate. 3) What operational requirements or transitions might be necessary to fully utilize these results, e.g., forecast paradigm, new observational platforms, model or assimilation enhancements, communications, training, etc.? What are the links to weather-sensitive sectors of society? Boulder, Colorado: April 22-24, 2002. Contact: U.S. Weather Research Program, National Center for Atmospheric Research, P.O. Box 3000, Boulder, CO 80307-3000; (303) 497-8197; fax: (303) 497-8181; e-mail: gall@ucar.edu; WWW: http://box.mmm.ucar.edu/uswrp/upcoming_meetings/upcoming_meetings.html.

Emergency Response Planning for Your Business. Presented by SkillPath Seminars. Topics include putting your plan together, data and communications systems, and teamwork. Denver, Colorado: April 23, 2002. Contact: Skillpath Seminars, 6900 Squibb Road, P.O. Box 2468, Kansas City, MO 66201-2768; (800) 873-7545; WWW: http://www.skillpath.com.

8th Annual Northwestern Pennsylvania Disaster Conference. "Terrorist Incident, Emergency Planning, Response, and Recovery." Erie, Pennsylvania: April 27-28, 2002. Contact: Rick Robie, Committee Chairman; (814) 833-9021, ext. 210.

The 4th Annual Responding to Acts of Terrorism: A Forum for First Responders and Their Federal Partners. Presented by National Institute for Government Innovation. Las Vegas, Nevada: April 29-May 1, 2002. Contact: National Institute for Government Innovation; e-mail: cfrom@nigi.org; WWW: http://www.nigi.org/h0185.htm.

Critical Incident Stress Management. Presented by International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Topics include stress management for trauma provider, corporate crisis response, psychotraumatology for clinicians, and school crisis response. Sonoma County, California: May 2-5, 2002. Contact: ICISF, 10176 Baltimore National Pike, Unit 201, Ellicott City, MD 21042; (410) 750-9600; fax: (410) 750-9601; WWW: http://www.icisf.org.

Telecoms Contingency Planning to Enable Business Continuity. London, England: May 13-16, 2002. Contact: Claire Tranah, Senior Conference Producer; tel: +44-0-20-79155097; e-mail: ctranah@iir-conferences.com; WWW: http://www.iir-conferences.com/a.cfm?id=1054.

"Engineering for Gulf Coast Hurricanes" Short Course. Sponsors: The Wind Engineering Research Center and Extended Studies at Texas Tech University. Galveston, Texas: May 22-23, 2002. Contact: Extended Studies at Texas Tech University, 6901 Quaker Ave., Lubbock, TX 79413; (800) 692-6877, ext. 262 or 270; fax: (806) 742-7277; e-mail: ppdenroll.oes@ttu.edu; WWW: http://www.dce.ttu.edu.

Second Hemispheric Conference on the Impact of Natural Hazards on Trade Corridors (TCC II). Sponsors: University of South Florida College of Public Health, Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA), and the Organization of American States' Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment. Tampa, Florida: June 12-15, 2002. Contact: Nick Colmenares, Project Director; (813) 974-2907; e-mail: ermnow@aol.com; WWW: http://www.cdmha.org.

Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) Annual Conference. "Breaking the Cycle of Repetitive Flood Loss." Phoenix, Arizona: June 23-28, 2002. Full program detail, registration forms, exhibitors information and related activities and events information are now available on-line at http://www.floods.org/Phoenix. Contact: Diane Brown, ASFPM, 2809 Fish Hatchery Road, Suite 204, Madison, WI 53713; (608) 274-0123; fax: (608) 274-0696; e-mail: asfpm@floods.org; WWW: http://www.floods.org.

Tsunami, Storm Surge, Relative Sea-level, and Coastal Change. Ocean Sciences Special Session #10 at the Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting 2002. Wellington, New Zealand: July 9-12, 2002. Contact: A. C. Hinton, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Waikato, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand; e-mail: a.c.hinton@leeds.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.agu.org/meetings/wp02top.html.

Fire Rescue International. Presented by International Association of Fire Chiefs. Kansas City, Missouri: August 23-26, 2002. Contact: International Association of Fire Chiefs, 4025 Fair Ridge Dr., Suite 300, Fairfax, VA 22033-2868; (703) 273-0911; fax: (703) 273-9363; e-mail: jericson@iafc.org; WWW: http://www.iafc.org/conference.shtml#newsitem1030078800,25903.

5th UK Conference on Wind Engineering. Sponsor: UK Wind Engineering Society. Nottingham, England: September 4-6, 2002. Contact: Paul Freathy, PF Consultants, 14 The Chestnuts, Beechwood Park, Hemel Hempstead Herts HP3 0DZ; tel: +44-0-1442-211204; fax: +44-0-1442-256155; e-mail: wes02@pfconsultants.co.uk; WWW: http://www.pfconsultants.co.uk/wes2002.

Local Tsunami Warning and Mitigation. Abstract deadline is April 30, 2002. Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia: September 10-15, 2002. Contact: Joanne Bourgeois, Dept. of Earth and Space Sciences, Box 351310, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1310; (206) 685-2443; fax: (206) 543-0489; e-mail: jbourgeo@u.washington.edu; WWW: http://oceanc47.phys.msu.su/Info.htm.

Sixth Annual Meeting of the Indiana Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM). Turkey Run State Park, Indiana: September 11-13, 2002. Contact: Debra Smith, Program Chair, INAFSM, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1368S, Indianapolis, IN 46204; (317) 232-4160; fax: (317) 233-4579; e-mail: dsmith@dnr.state.in.us; WWW: http://www.geology.iupui.edu/Outreach/INAFSM/.

Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference 2002. Gold Coast, Australia: September 27-29, 2002. Contact: Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference 2002, C/O Intermedia Convention and Event Management, P.O. Box 1280 (Unit 11, 97 Castlemaine Street), Milton QLD 4064 Australia; e-mail: afac2002@im.com.au; WWW: http://www.fire.qld.gov.au/afac/.

The 7th annual Research Event of the Fire Service College. Moreton-in-Marsh, United Kingdom: November 20-21, 2002. Contact: Anne Eyre, Trauma Training; Tel: 01-926-427939; e-mail: anne.eyre@traumatraining.com.

Annual Meeting of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM). Orlando, Florida: November 1-4, 2003. Contact: IAEM, 111 Park Place, Falls Church, VA 22046; (703) 538-1795; fax: (703) 241-5603; e-mail: info@iaem.com; WWW: http://www.iaem.com.

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