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Disaster Research 386 April 4, 2003


April 4, 2003


  1. Canadian Natural Hazards Assessment
  2. Request for Applications/Disaster Mental Health
  3. Canadian Research Fellowship
  4. EMAP Assessor Training
  5. Comments Wanted
  6. NEHRP Grant Proposals Announcede
  7. NEES Meeting Stipends Available
  8. Recently Awarded Grants
  9. Two Reminders from the ASPEP Journal Editors
  10. Some New Web Resources
  11. Conferences and Training

1) Canadian Natural Hazards Assessment

The March 2003 edition of the Journal of the International Society for the Prevention and Mitigation of Natural Hazards (Volume 28, Issue 2-3) is devoted to an assessment of natural hazards and disasters in Canada. Articles include: disaster management, community planning, and public participation: how to achieve sustainable hazard mitigation; the contribution of philosophy to hazards assessment and decision making; a general framework for mitigation-oriented planning assessments of mobile telecommunications lifelines; seismic hazard mitigation for buildings, and many more.

Information about the journal, including subscription information, is available at

2) Request for Applications/Disaster Mental Health

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM), the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are looking to facilitate collaborative partnerships among scientists from various disciplines and mental health authorities to encourage interdisciplinary research and disaster mental health research education, along with establishing the capacity for rapid data collection after disasters, including acts of terrorism.

The above-mentioned organizations have issued a request for proposals for funding to instruct others in state of the art disaster mental health research methodology, and the formation of interdisciplinary research teams and protocols for rapid data collection efforts after disasters and acts of mass violence.

Grants may be awarded for two to five years, consistent with the objectives of the project. It is anticipated that the award date will be March 2004. The deadline for submitting a letter of intent, prior to a complete application, is May 16, 2003; the application deadline is June 13, 2003.

Extensive information on eligibility, special requirements, and application guidelines, is available from Jean G. Noroha, NIMH Referral Liaison, National Institute of Mental Health, 6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6154, MSC 9609, Bethesda, MD 20892-9589; (301) 443-593367; e-mail:;

3) Canadian Research Fellowship

The Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP) has announced a research fellowship program in honor of Stuart Nesbitt White. OCIPEP is seeking to encourage graduate research in the two areas of its mission, which is to enhance the safety and security of Canadians in their physical and cyber environments. Ten awards will be made to Canadian citizens or permanent residents studying aspects of cybersecurity or disaster and emergency management. Multidsiciplinary studies are encouraged.

The application deadline is April 15, 2003. Complete information, including eligibility requirements and details about research topics is available from OCIPEP, (613) 991-7000; e-mail:;

4) EMAP Assessor Training

The Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP) was designed to foster consistent emergency management program performance capabilities as well as create a meaningful, voluntary accreditation process for state, territorial, and local disaster response programs.

EMAP is currently recruiting and training state and local assessors. Experienced emergency management staff (state or local, current or former) who meet specific qualifications are eligible to participate in training.

EMAP offers assessor training throughout the year. The next training will be held on May 1-2, 2003, in Sacramento, California. The training prepares participants to serve as on-site assessors as part of the assessment/accreditation process. For information and a registration form, contact Nicole Morgan, EMAP, P.O. Box 11910, Lexington, KY 40578-1910; (859) 244-8242;

5) Comments Wanted

The National Fire Service Incident Management System Consortium document, "Model Procedures Guide For Highway Incidents," is in the final draft stage and may be downloaded for public review and comments. Comments may be submitted via e-mail to Ken Brooke at

The comment deadline is April 15, 2003. Comments may also be submitted on-line at

6) NEHRP Grant Proposals Announced

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced the FY 2004 National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program External Research Program Proposals for Grants (Announcement 04HQPA0001 - Catalog Number 15.807). The application submission period runs from April 1 - May 8, 2003. All proposed work should indicate how the expected results can be applied to reducing losses from earthquakes in the U.S. This is a necessary condition for consideration of any proposal and should be clearly stated in a separate paragraph of the proposal.

Complete information, along with specific changes in research priorities for 2004, may be found at Applications must be received by 4:45 p.m. (EST) on May 8, 2003, and must be sent to U.S. Geological Survey, Office of Acquisition and Grants – MS 205G, Room 6A331, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192. Questions may be directed to John D. Unger, (703) 648-6722; e-mail:

7) NEES Meeting Stipends Available

A limited number of stipends of up to $750 each are available for travel and hotel costs incurred for the May 21-22, 2003, Annual Meeting of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) Consortium, Inc.

Two categories of stipends are available: university graduate students, and early career individuals in academia or practice. The NEES Consortium strongly encourages applications from women, minorities under-represented in earthquake engineering, and persons with disabilities.

The on-line application is available at and applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on April 23, 2003. Applicants must be members of the NEES Consortium or have submitted a membership application. Complete eligibility requirements, along with information about the conference, is available from NEES Consortium, Inc., 1301 S. 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804; (510) 231-9557; e-mail:;

8) Recently Awarded Grants

"Disruptions in Independent Infrastructures." Funding: National Science Foundation, $93,303, 12 months. Principal Investigators: William A. Wallace and John E. Mitchell, Decision Sciences and Engineering Systems, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 8th Street, Troy, NY 12180; (518) 276-6854; e-mail:

"Multivariate Geospatial Analysis of Engineering and Flood Response, Mississippi River System, USA." Funding: National Science Foundation, $285,000, 24 months. Principal Investigator: Nicholas Pinter, Department of Geology, Southern Illinois University–Carbondale, Mailcode 4324, Carbondale, IL 62901; (618) 453-7375; e-mail:

"Learning to Listen: An Ethnographic Pilot Study of Information Communication as an Indicator of Organizational Stress and Crisis Response." Funding: National Science Foundation, $75,761, 12 months. Principal Investigator: Allen Batteau, Institute for Information Technology and Culture, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202; (313) 577-2352; e-mail:

"Reconnaissance Survey of the September 9, 2002, Papua-New Guinea Earthquake and Tsunami." Funding: National Science Foundation, $36,000, one month. Principal Investigator: Costas B. Synolakis, Department of Civil Engineering, University of Southern California, University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089; (213) 740-0613; e-mail:

9) Two Reminders from the ASPEP Journal Editor

The American Society of Professional Emergency Planners (ASPEP) has issued a call for papers for the 2003 edition of the organization's journal. Articles and papers that contribute to the advancement of knowledge and improvement in the practice of emergency management are welcome. Papers will be accepted until June 15, 2003.

Students are invited to submit original papers on emergency management topics to the ASPEP journal. The top three papers will be published in the journal. Authors will need to provide an e-mail address of an academic contact to confirm their enrollment in an emergency management program at the college undergraduate or graduate level. Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. (PST) on April 15, 2003.

All papers should be submitted via e-mail to For more information contact Bruce Binder, c/o ASPEP Journal, 8770 SW Goldstone Place, Beaverton, OR 97007.

10) Some New Web Resources

[Below are some new or updated Internet resources we've discovered. For an extensive list of useful Internet sites dealing with hazards, see]
This web site is a partnership between the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, National Weather Service, Glacier Country Avalanche Center Incorporated (GCAC, Inc.), and the people and businesses of Northwest Montana. It provides a wealth of information on avalanche safety and education.
The Critical Infrastructure Assurance Office (CIAO) was created in response to the need to coordinate federal initiatives on critical infrastructure assurance, and this web site supports that office's efforts with a wide variety of information.
The Cold Regions Bibliography Project provides access to over 200,000 citations spanning literature on snow, permafrost, glaciers, ice, and climate change. The site includes a calendar of cold region-related events.
The Middle East Seismological Forum (MESF) serves as an information conduit for scientific activities related to research, data acquisition, and publications on seismicity in the Middle East.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has a section on its web site devoted to business continuity planning that is designed as a step-by-step approach to emergency planning, response, and recovery for all types of companies.
The American Academy of Pediatrics established this web site to provide resources and a toolkit to ensure that healthcare providers have timely access to accurate and comprehensive information about children in disasters.
Human populations are expanding and economies are intertwining across international borders in ways that we do not yet fully understand. This web site promotes international, cross-sector discussions to better understand and prepare for the potential reverberating effects of hazards in the Pacific Rim region.
This site, part of the "disaster management initiative," is intended to serve as a one-stop information portal about disaster preparedness and response.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has created a variety of emergency preparedness brochures to inform government officials, media and the general public of OPM response and operations during a crisis or emergency. A select list of resources is included as well.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Institute, an organization that works to raise the standard of care and improve access to services for traumatized children, their families, and communities throughout the U.S., provides in-depth resources on their web site, along with a new set of publications

11) 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:]

GIS Colorado: Fighting Wildfires with GIS Technology. Sponsor: Pueblo County GIS. Pueblo, Colorado: April 22, 2003. This conference is designed for GIS professionals, emergency management officials, and fire fighting agencies. Information is available from Christopher Markuson, GIS Colorado, PO Box 1215, Commerce City, CO 80022-0215; (719) 583-6240;

LEAPS 2003 Conference. Sponsor: Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Los Angeles, California: May 14, 2003. This will be the fourth year of this networking and training opportunity and this year's theme is "homeland security and emergency management." For more information contact Steve Mulldorfer, LEAPS, 150 North Los Angeles Street, Room 319, Los Angeles, CA 90012; (213) 485-2526;

Annual Partnership for Public Warning Convention. Sponsor: Partnership for Public Warning (PPW). McLean, Virginia: May 15-17, 2003. "From sensors to citizens: public warning in the 21st century," is the theme of this national meeting devoted to public warning systems and issues. Conference information may be found at PPW, 7515 Colshire Drive, M/S N655, McLean, VA 22101; (703) 883-2745;

Homeland First Response Conference. Sponsors: KGB Media, Jems Magazine, and Fire-Rescue Magazine. Los Angeles, California: June 4-7, 2003. This conference is directed toward members of the response community including law enforcement, fire, rescue, EMS, military, industry, and all levels of government, with the goal of creating an open discussion forum about unified solutions for major incident readiness. Conference details are available from KGB Media, LLC 679 Encinitas Boulevard, Suite 211, Encinitas, CA 92024; (760) 632-8280 x 200;

17th Annual Governor's Hurricane Conference. Sponsors: Florida Department of Community Affairs, Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, and the American Red Cross. Tampa, Florida: June 9-13, 2003. Workshop sessions include emergency services, human resources, infrastructure, policy/planning, and recovery and mitigation. This year's theme is "protecting the homeland from hurricanes: an all hazards approach." Complete information is available from the Governor's Hurricane Conference, P.O. Box 279, Tarpon Springs, FL 34688-0279; (727) 944-2724;

Water, Climate, and Uncertainty: Implications for Western Water Law, Policy, and Management. Sponsor: Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado. Boulder, Colorado: June 11-13, 2003. Both short-term and long-term climate variability impact natural resources in a variety of ways. In the west, the most obvious concern is the impact on water supplies. Advances in climate science and forecasts offer increasingly valuable insight into what the future holds. Further conference information is available from the Natural Resources Law Center, University of Colorado School of Law, 401 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0401; (303) 492-1272; e-mail:;

European Flooding: Managing the Risks. Sponsor: European Water Agency, and Environment Agency. Thames Barrier, London: June 17-18, 2003. This conference will consider past, present, and future problems in flood management. As well as looking back fifty years, speakers will focus on changes in weather extremes, lessons learned, and policy implications of present-day flood management activities. Information is available from Bob Earll, CMS, Candle Cottage, Kempley, Glos, GL18, 2BU, U.K.; tel: 01 531 890 415;

46th Annual Meeting: Engineering with an Attitude. Sponsor: Association of Engineering Geologists (AEG). Vail, Colorado: September 10-12, 2003. Of special interest to DR readers are programs on seismic hazards, landslide and debris flow hazards, environmental hazards and remediation, risk assessment and geology, slope stability, and more. Abstracts are due by May 1, 2003. For more information, contact Julie Keaton, AEG, PO Box 460518, Denver, CO 80246; (303) 757-2926; e-mail:;

Sixth Annual Conference: Innovations in Disaster Psychology - Time for a New Paradigm? Sponsor: Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI). Rapid City, South Dakota: September 18-20, 2003. Sessions include general disaster psychology, research, disaster psychology for children, and international disaster psychology. The conference format includes small group discussions and plenary sessions summarizing small group activity. Complete information is available at DMHI, University of South Dakota - SDU 114, 414 East Clark Street, Vermillion SD 57069-2390;(800) 522-9684;

International Association of Geomorphologists (IAG)Regional Conference. Sponsors: IAG and Mexican Society of Geomorphology. Mexico City, Mexico: October 17 - November 2, 2003. The conference is designed for geomorphologists and professionals from associated disciplines interested in geomorphic hazards and environmental topics related to disasters. The goal is to foster an exchange of techniques, experience, knowledge, and ideas about geomorphic hazards. For more information, contact Irasema Alcantara-Ayala, Institute of Geography, UNAM, Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria Coyoacan, 04510, Mexico, D.F; tel: (+525) 56 22 43 39 ext. 45 466; e-mail:;

Terrain Data: Applications and Visualization - Making the Connection. Sponsor: Imaging and Geospatial Information Society (ASPRS), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Imagery and Mapping Agency, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and U.S. Geological Survey. North Charleston, South Carolina: October 25-30, 2003. This conference will focus on the evolving technology, applications, and standards that have been developing over the past two years. There will be sessions on homeland security, disaster response technology, research and development, and more. More information is available from Terrain Data Conference 2003, ASPRS, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 2003, Bethesda, MD 20814-2160; e-mail:;

The 2nd International Wildland Fire Ecology and Fire Management Congress held jointly with the 5th Symposium on Fire and Forest Meteorology. Sponsors: American Meteorological Society (AMS), Association for Fire Ecology, International Association of Wildland Fire, Society of American Foresters, Nature Conservancy. Orlando, Florida: November 16-20, 2003. Abstracts are due June 2, 2003. This conference includes sessions on fire ecology, wildfire management and suppression, fire technology, social aspects of fire, remote sensing and fire, and more. Detailed information is available from AMS, 45 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108-3693; 617-227-2426; e-mail:;

Seventh International Conference on the Geology of the Arab World. Sponsor: Geology Department of Cairo University. Cairo, Egypt: February 16-19, 2004. This conference will address new research contributions from the earth sciences and their environmental, industrial, and development applications in the Arab world. There will be a session on environmental hazards. Conference information is available from the General Secretary, Geology Department, Cairo University, Giza, Arab Republic of Egypt; tel: 002 02 567-6858; e-mail: or;

EC04 Conference. Sponsor: International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: February 16-20, 2004. Relevant sessions include slope stabilization, community and government partnering, and natural disaster recovery. For conference information, or information about abstract submission, contact IECA, P.O. Box 774904, Steamboat Springs, CO 80477; (970) 879-3010; e-mail:;

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