The September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks gave hazards researchers unique opportunities to explore an unprecedented disaster. Three more quick response reports now available on the Natural Hazards Center's Web site describe different segments of the recovery effort in the first months following the attacks. The reports explore media portrayal of the event over time, response efforts of faith-based organizations, and the overwhelming task of victim identification and management. While exploring different angles of the disaster, the authors all admit the event presented challenges of complexity and scale never before faced in a U.S. disaster. 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's Web site. The newest reports are:
More than $11 million is available from the Corporation for National and Community Service to assist communities and organizations in using service and volunteers to support homeland security. Eligible organizations can use the grants for programs that support public safety, public health, and disaster preparedness and relief. Approximately $5 million is available for new grants under the AmeriCorps*State and AmeriCorps*National programs, $5 million for new grants under Special Volunteer Programs, and $1.4 million to support Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteers. The grants primarily provide money for organizations to hire AmeriCorps members, senior volunteers, students, and others to assist with:
Grants are available through the three grant categories below. Carefully read the Federal Register announcement at http://www.nationalservice.org/whatshot/notices/hs_030802.pdf to properly select the category that best fits your program design and to thoroughly understand the application requirements and process. For general information, see the Web site at http://www.nationalservice.org/whatshot/notices/hs_030802.html. For application forms, contact the appropriate program manager below.
All applications are due by 5 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), May 8, 2002. Applications for AmeriCorps*State, AmeriCorps*National, and Special Volunteer Programs must be submitted to: The Corporation for National and Community Service, Attn: Nancy Talbot, 1201 New York Avenue NW, Box H.S., Washington, DC 20525. Applications for Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs must be submitted to the same address, Attn: John Keller.
Jacksonville State University is establishing a Gender and Disaster Clearinghouse through the Institute for Emergency Preparedness (IEP). Beginning April 1, 2002, the IEP will accept donations of articles, books, reports, bibliographies, audiovisual materials, and other resources, in all languages, pertaining to gender and disaster issues. The collected materials will be catalogued on the IEP Web site at http://www.jsu.edu/depart/iep/. To access the resources, contact IEP for at-cost photocopying and mailing. In some cases, materials may be available for loan. For more information, contact Dr. Brenda Phillips, Director, Jacksonville State University Emergency Preparedness Applied Research Center; (256) 782-8053 or (800) 231-JAXI, ext. 8053; fax: (256) 782-5928; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A new initiative for recent Ph.D.s working on climate change aims to promote interdisciplinary understanding and peer networking in disciplines engaged in research on climate change and its impacts. The Dissertations Initiative for the Advancement of Climate Change Research (DISCCRS) is a four-part program open to those completing their degrees after January 1, 2000, in a field and topic relevant to understanding climate change. To participate, graduates should submit their dissertation abstract for the on-line, fully searchable dissertation registry; provide demographic information to assist in characterizing the climate change research population; join and submit messages to an electronic list announcing jobs and other related information; and attend a March 10-15, 2003, symposium in Puerto Rico. The meeting is open to those who have completed their Ph.D. degrees between January 1, 2000, and September 30, 2002. Application deadline for the symposium is October 6, 2002.
DISCCRS is jointly sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU), American Society of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO), American Meteorological Society (AMS), and Ecological Society of America (ESA). For more information about the program and the application process, contact: C. Susan Weiler, DISCCRS Program Director, Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA 99362; (509) 527-5948; fax: (509) 527-5961; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://aslo.org/phd.html or http://aslo.org/disccrs/disccrsposter.pdf.
I am helping the UK office of Plan International, a child-focused nongovernment organization with operations in 42 developing countries, to produce a report on children in disasters. Plan is not a disaster relief organization but assists communities in program areas that are affected by disasters.
I would greatly appreciate any pointers to papers, research, lessons learned, etc. on:
A key element of Plan's approach is to encourage children to meaningfully participate in its programs and projects wherever possible. We are currently exploring how to use this approach in a disaster situation so as to take better account of children's particular vulnerabilities and capacities (in addition to those of the communities).
Comments are needed on a draft plan that outlines procedures for developing and implementing a comprehensive post-earthquake investigation that includes coordinating what activities will be done and identifying who will do them. The February 28, 2002, draft of the proposed "Plan to Coordinate NEHRP Postearthquake Investigations" is available on the Applied Technology Council's Web site at http://atcouncil.org/ until April 8, 2002. Comments are due by April 15, 2002.
The Plan proposes a protocol to coordinate field investigations conducted by the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) agencies - FEMA, NIST, NSF, and USGS - and their partners following both domestic and foreign earthquakes. The report was prepared from input gathered at an invitational workshop in Menlo Park, California, on March 13-14, 2001, and has been reviewed by the NEHRP agencies and other agencies and organizations that conduct post-earthquake investigations. Comments should be submitted to A. Gerald Brady, Applied Technology Council, 555 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 550, Redwood City, CA 94065; fax: (650) 593- 2320; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am representing Geocom, Ltd, a GIS development company in Armenia. About one month ago, we completed development of a GIS for disaster management in Yerevan. The GIS allows us to build earthquake scenarios and track the damage it has caused to a particular building. A special application calculates losses and needs for shelter and food. I am looking for other companies or government authorities that have done such research and would like to share thoughts and GIS development methods with them. Besides, I think that this GIS system can be used in other cities, too. Maybe others would like to get to know this GIS system as well. I hope to hear from you soon.
A graduate fellowship is available from the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) for the 2002-2003 academic year. The nine-month stipend of $12,000 plus $8,000 for tuition, fees, and research expenses will support one full-time student in a discipline contributing to the science and practice of earthquake hazard mitigation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provided the funds. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university. To apply, an application, an academic transcript, a statement of educational and career goals, and a letter of nomination from a faculty sponsor must be submitted by the sponsor to EERI at the address below. Two additional letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to EERI. Application deadline is May 17, 2002. For more information or to obtain an application, contact: Earthquake Engineering Research Institute, 499 14th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934; (510) 451-0905; fax: (510) 451-5411; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.eeri.org/career/gi.html.
North Carolina's Emergency Management (EM) Division, in the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, seeks applicants for a Director. Among other things, the EM Director establishes policies, objectives, and priorities; secures and allocates resources to ensure the Division's mission is accomplished; provides timely and accurate information, including protective action instructions, during emergency or disaster situations to citizens through news media interviews and the Emergency Broadcast System; briefs and seeks input and approval from the Governor and other North Carolina officials on any emergency, hazardous, or disaster situations affecting citizens and their property; serves as the chairman of the State Emergency Response Commission (SERC); and serves as the State Coordinating Officer (SCO) after a disaster situation has been declared by the President. Applicants should have extensive experience in the management of state disaster programs; knowledge of disaster consequences, North Carolina General Statutes, and federal policies and laws relative to emergency management; and the ability to work with agencies and constituent groups, private businesses, and non-profit groups in disaster planning and/or response. Candidates must have a four year college or university degree with a major in planning or a related field, eight years experience directing emergency planning or response activities, and three years supervisory experience, or an equivalent combination of experience and training. To apply, submit your resume to Weldon Freeman, Human Resources Director, North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety, 4701 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4701; (919) 733-4080, ext. 241.
I am a final year architecture student studying at the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka. I am doing a design of an Emergency Crisis Center. I would appreciate it very much if you could provide me with any information about the activities that would occur in a building designed for Natural Disaster Mitigation. Also, if possible, I would like to know the activities that occur in a crisis team meeting place and command and communication area. If it is not possible for you to provide this information, I would be very grateful if you could refer me to the places where this information would be available.
542/7 Udumulla Rd.
Batarramulla, Sri Lanka
(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 Transportation Communications Newsletter will feature the Web sites of U.S. state and Canadian provincial emergency management offices in its "Web Site of the Day" portion. Publisher Bernie Wagenblast sees a close tie between transportation and emergency management and hopes to broaden subscriber's appreciation of the role of each. The free, daily e-mail publication lists news items and contains information about all aspects of communications in the transportation and emergency management field. View back issues of the newsletter at the above Web address. To subscribe, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Drought Monitor Web site uses maps and written summaries to provide a weekly overview of where in the United States drought is emerging, lingering, subsiding, or forecast. The data, compiled by synthesizing multiple indices, outlooks, and news accounts, are available on-line and via e-mail updates for decision-makers, farm service agencies, the media, and others interested in drought- related information. The Monitor is produced jointly by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center and National Climatic Data Center, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. Go to http://drought.unl.edu/mailman/listinfo/DMupdate to subscribe to the Drought Monitor's weekly updates (every Thursday).
The Pan American Health Organization's (PAHO) new "Catalog of Disaster Publications and Information Resources" is now available in print or on the Internet in both HTML and PDF formats. The catalog contains detailed descriptions of all PAHO disaster training materials (books, CD-ROMs, slides, and videos) and other sources of information, including the Virtual Health Library for Disasters, SUMA, the Regional Disaster Information Center (CRID), and the principal web sites with PAHO content. For a print copy of the catalog, send a request via e-mail to email@example.com.
These four sites provide detailed, yet disparate, information about various aspects of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and related background topics. Materials available include academic information and research studies; personal stories and contributions; pictures; maps; media article, video, and audio links; worldwide government documents; commentaries/discussion papers; and much more.
(Below are descriptions of recently awarded contracts and grants for the study of hazards and disasters. An inventory of contracts and grants awarded from 1995 to the present is available on the Natural Hazards Center web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/grants.html.)
Relocation and Decision Making Processes of Natural Disaster Victims. Funding: National Science Foundation, $95,000, 8 months. Principal Investigators: James C. Fraser, William M. Rohe, and David R. Godschalk, Department of Urban Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Geographical Dimensions of Terrorism: A Research Agenda for the Discipline. Funding: National Science Foundation, $69,962, 18 months. Principal Investigators: Douglas B. Richardson, Susan L. Cutter, and Thomas J. Wilbanks, Association of American Geographers, 1710 Sixteenth Street N.W., Washington, DC 20009- 3198; (202) 234-1450; fax: (202) 234-2744; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.aag.org.
Improved Security and Management of Underground Infrastructure Systems: Lessons Learned from September 11. Funding: National Science Foundation, $36,336, 8 months. Principal Investigators: Thomas D. O'Rourke and Arthur J. Lembo, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 273 Hollister Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853-2801; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Infrastructure Services in a Time of Crisis: Lessons from September 11th. Funding: National Science Foundation, $89,497, 22 months. Principal Investigator: Rae Zimmerman, Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, 4 Washington Square North, New York University, New York, NY 10003; e-mail: email@example.com.
A Social Cognitive Model for Processing Health Risk Information About Anthrax Fears. Funding: National Science Foundation, $15,150, 11 months. Principal Investigators: Len Lecci and Dale J. Cohen, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology, S&BS Building 110E, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, Wilmington, NC 28403-3297; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Costs and Benefits of Self-Enhancement: Coping with the Terrorist Attack on the World Trade Center. Funding: National Science Foundation, $45,280, 11 months. Principal Investigator: George Bonnano, Teachers College, TC Box 218; Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 678-3468; e-mail: email@example.com.
[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.]
Louisiana Floodplain Managers Association 2002 State Conference. Alexandria, Louisiana: April 3-5, 2002. Contact: Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, Floodplain Management Section, Section 64, P.O. Box 94245, Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9245; fax: (225) 274-4351.
The International Conference on Climate Change and the Built Environment. Conference will focus on climate change and its effects on buildings, their occupants, and sustainability. Topics include: regulations and design criteria relating to weather data and climate change, Kyoto Protocol implications for the built environment, and how each country is dealing with climate change relating to the built environment. Manchester, United Kingdom: April 8-9, 2002. Contact: H. McCaffery, Dept. of Civil and Construction Engineering, UMIST, P.O. Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, United Kingdom; tel: 44-161-200-4252; WWW: http://www.umist.ac.uk.
3rd International Conference on Mapping the News: GIS and Satellite Imagery for News Organizations and NGOs. Sponsors: ESRI, National Geographic, Associated Press, and American University School of Communication. Small conference (150 cap) featuring lunch speaker James Lee Witt, former FEMA Executive Director speaking on GIS and information access in the current emergency. Sessions include: 3-D GIS; GIS for TV and WWW news; visual reporting; environmental journalism and GIS; practical earth observation; disaster/war reporting; and more. Washington, D.C.: April 12-14, 2002. Contact: Conference organizers; (202) 885-2037; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.american.edu/radiowave/newsmapping.
American Planning Association (APA) National Planning Conference. Chicago, Illionois: April 13-17, 2002. Contact: American Planning Association, 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60603; (312) 431-9100; fax: (312) 431-9985; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.planning.org/conferences/overview.htm.
Business Recovery Managers Symposium. Sponsor: MIS Training Institute. This symposium offers optional pre- and post-conference workshops, round table discussions, two tracks of concurrent sessions, multiple exercises, and a panel of internationally known experts in the field of contingency planning and disaster recovery. Orlando, Florida: April 22-24, 2002. Contact: MIS Training Institute, 498 Concord St., Framingham, MA 01702-2357; (508) 879-7999, ext. 346; fax: (508) 872-1153; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Emergency Evacuation and Preparedness Procedures for People with Disabilities." Pre-conference Web cast, National Business and Disability Council Annual Conference. Orlando, Florida: April 24, 2002, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. Register on-line at http://www.business-disability.com/Events/pricing.asp to receive log-on instructions. For more information, contact Barbara Kilarjian by phone at (516) 465-1520 or see the Web site at http://www.business-disability.com.
The Fourth Annual Responding to Acts of Terrorism: A Forum for First Responders and Their Federal Partners. Las Vegas, Nevada: April 29-May 1, 2002. Complete program and registration information is available on-line at http://www.nigi.org, or register by phone at (888) 670-8200 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Technologies for Public Safety in Critical Incident Response Conference and Exposition 2002. Sponsor: National Institute of Justice. Topics include: Domestic preparedness, homeland security, cybercrime, forensics, bomb remediation and more. Albuquerque, NM: May 6-8, 2002. Contact: Jeri Allen at (703) 622-4976; fax: (301) 320-669; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.ctc.org/NewFiles/NIJConf/NIJconf.html.
Fundamentals of Disaster Communications. Sponsor: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Disaster Management Center. This how-to workshop will feature terrestrial and satellite telecommunications, field power systems, and improving local emergency communications. Madison, Wisconsin: May 7-9, 2002. Contact: Don Schramm, Program Director; (800) 462-0876; e-mail: email@example.com.
Midwest Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference. Rockford, Illinois: May 9-10, 2002. Contact: Melissa Kotrba; (815) 987-5990; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 9th Annual Long Island/New York City Emergency Management Conference. "9/11: Looking Back and Moving Forward." New York, New York: May 20-22, 2002. The conference will focus on the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, public safety in New York state, threat assessments, and homeland security. For more information, contact, Deborah Bullock by e-mail at email@example.com or visit http://www.linycemconference.com.
2002 Idaho Governor's Conference on Emergency Management. Sponsor: Bureau of Disaster Services, State of Idaho. This conference is for local, state, and federal emergency responders to come together and receive training in all areas of emergency management. There will be courses in mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. Special guest speakers David M. Neal, will present "Effective Disaster Planning," and Richard Brundage, will discuss "Crisis Communications and Media Response Training for Emergency Management Professionals." Nampa, Idaho: May 21-23, 2002. For program and registration information, see the Web site at http://www2.state.id.us/bds/.
Second National Conference on Animals in Disaster. Presented by: Humane Society of the U.S. Topics include terrorism, search and rescue, and two certificate workshops, "Setting up an Emergency Animal Shelter" and "Disaster-Related Animal Injuries: Beyond Pet First Aid." Fort Worth, Texas: May 29-June 1, 2002. For more information, contact (301) 258-3103; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.hsus.org/ace/13114.
The 2nd International Meeting on Mountain Ecosystems. "The Tropical Mountains Toward 2020: Water, Life, Production." Conference organizers hope to raise awareness of the importance of mountains and of long-term planning to protect this valuable source of water, life, and production systems. Sessions are aimed at collecting opinions about current and future challenges and needed actions for Peruvian mountain populations and environments, especially with respect to climate change, society, and economy trends. Huaraz, Peru: June 5-7, 2002. Contact: Maria Cecilia Rozas, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lima, Peru; e-mail: email@example.com.
Emergency Medicine Between Continents. Reykjavík, Iceland: June 9- 13, 2002. For more information, contact the organizing committee by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the Web site at http://www.landspitali.is/congress/emergency2002.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM). Presented by International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF). Topics include individual and basic and advanced group crisis intervention, application of CISM to children and in the healthcare setting, line of duty death, domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, stress management for the trauma survivor, and families and CISM. Las Vegas, Nevada: June 13-16, 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.
Emergency Operations Centers: Develop and Maintain Command Structures that Save Lives, Prevent Damage, and Ensure Continuity of Operation. Sponsors: National Institute for Government Innovation (NIGI), International Terrorism Response Association, Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism, National Terrorism Preparedness Institute, and the International Association of Emergency Managers. The seminar will explore how to develop an emergency operation center and enhance understanding of the management process in terms of mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery planning. San Jose, California: June 24-25, 2002, and New York, New York: July 15-16, 2002. Contact: NIGI, 708 Third Ave., 4th Floor, New York, NY 10017-4103; (888) 670-8200; fax: (941) 951-7885; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.nigi.org.
12th Annual SRA-Europe Conference. Sponsor: Society for Risk Analysis - Europe. Theme: "Integrated Risk Management: Strategic, Technical, and Organizational Perspectives." Topics: holes in holistic risk management; integrating the precautionary principle in risk-based decision making; opening the process: integrating stakeholders and stakeseekers; early recognition of risks and rare events; and risk management of intangible assets. Abstract deadline: April 1, 2002. Berlin, Germany: July 21-24, 2002. Contact: Peter Wiedemann or Martin Clauberg; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.sraeurope.com.
13th Annual CASFM Conference. Sponsor: Colorado Association of Stormwater and Floodplain Managers. Steamboat Springs, Colorado: September 11-13, 2002. Contact: Robert Krehbiel; (303) 572-0200; e-mail: email@example.com.
4th International Conference on Environmental Problems in Coastal Regions. Rhodes, Greece: September 16-18, 2002. Contact: Gabriella Cossutta, Conference Secretariat, Coastal Environment 2002, Wessex Institute of Technology, Ashurst Lodge, Ashurst, Southampton, SO40 7AA, UK; tel: 44-238-029-3223; fax: 44-238-029-2853; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.wessex.ac.uk/conferences/2002/coastal02/.
6th Annual Colorado Mitigation and Wildfire Conference. Conference focuses on managing and preparing for issues in the wildland/urban interface, including discussing and developing ideas to reduce loss of life, property, and natural resources in these areas. Longmont, Colorado: September 27-29, 2002. Contact: Colorado Mitigation and Wildfire Conference (CMWC), 100 Jefferson County Parkway, Suite 4550, Golden, CO 80419; (303) 271-8217; WWW: http://www.wildfirecolorado.org/.
River Basin Modeling for Flood Risk Mitigation in the European Union, Advanced Study Course. Birmingham, UK: October 7-18, 2002. Contact: Donald W. Knight, School of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK; e-mail: D.W.Knight@bham.ac.uk; WWW: http://www.bham.ac.uk/CivEng/rbm/index.htm.
Interpraevent 2002. Sponsors: International Research Society Interpraevent for the Pacific Rim, Japan Society of Erosion Control Engineering, and Scientific International Research Society Interpraevent. Matsumoto, Japan: October 14-18, 2002. Contact: Interpraevent 2002 in the Pacific Rim, c/o Japan Society of Erosion Control Engineering, Sabo Kaikan, 2-7-5, Hirakawa-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, 102-0093, Japan; tel.: +81-3-3222-0747; fax: +81-3-3230-6759; e-mail: IPR2002@ics-inc.co.jp; WWW: http://www.sabopc.or.jp/IPR2002/index.html.
2002 IBHS Annual Congress for Natural Hazard Loss Reduction. Sponsor: Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). New Orleans, Louisiana: November 13-15, 2002. Contact: Institute for Business and Home Safety, 1408 North Westshore Boulevard, Suite 208, Tampa, FL 33607; (813) 286-3400; fax:(813) 286-9960; e- mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.ibhs.org/congress/.
The Asian Seismological Commission 2002 (ASC 2002). Kathmandu, Nepal: November 18-26, 2002. Organizer: National Society for Earthquake Technology - Nepal. Abstract deadline: June 1, 2002. Events include:
Contact: ASC 2002 Secretariat; tel: 977-1-474192; fax: 977-1-490943; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; WWW: http://www.nset.org.np/ASC2002.
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon: February 5-8, 2003. Contact: EERI, 499 14th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612-1934; (510) 451-0905; fax: (510) 451-5411; e-mail: email@example.com; WWW: http://www.eeri.org/.
Fourth International Conference on Seismology and Earthquake Engineering (SEE4). Tehran, Iran: May 12-14, 2003. For more information, see: http://www.iiees.ac.ir.
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