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Disaster Research 396 October 28, 2003


October 28, 2003


  1. NEES/NSF Grant Solicitation
  2. EERI Student Paper Competition
  3. New Electronic Journal
  4. Input Wanted!
  5. Call for Papers: Natural Resources and Society
  6. Comments Wanted
  7. Peace Corps Masters Program in Geological Natural Hazards
  8. Disaster Resistant Universities
  9. Call for Papers
  10. Earthquake Research in Japan
  11. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  12. Some New Web Resources
  13. Conferences and Training

1) NEES/NSF Grant Solicitation

The Division of Civil and Mechanical Systems (CMS) in the Directorate for Engineering of the National Science Foundation (NSF) invites proposals for earthquake engineering research that utilize the experimental resources of the George E. Brown, Jr. Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES). NEES is a national shared-use and geographically-distributed experimental laboratory for advancing understanding and improving the seismic design and performance of the Nation's constructed civil and mechanical infrastructure.

A proposal submitted under this solicitation must utilize the equipment resources at one or more of the NEES equipment sites operated by the NEES Consortium, Inc. Projects will be supported at three levels of effort ranging from specific problems to larger, team-based inquiries. A funding priority is cross-disciplinary and, preferably, multi-organizational research.

NSF will hold an informational meeting after release of this program solicitation to inform the earthquake engineering community of this funding opportunity and will issue a set of frequently asked questions (FAQ). Letters of intent are due December 8, 2003, and the proposal deadline is January 22, 2004. Interested persons can visit the following web site for more information or contact Steven McCabe, Directorate for Engineering, Division of Civil & Mechanical Systems, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230;(703) 292-7003; e-mail:;

2) EERI Student Paper Competition

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) announces its Annual Student Paper Competition designed to promote active involvement of students in earthquake engineering and the earthquake hazards community. Papers from both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for this competition, and up to four students will receive travel support to attend EERI's annual meeting. Guidelines for submission can be found at Papers must be received by November 3, 2003, and sent to EERI, 499 14th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 451-0905;

3) New Electronic Journal

The Berkeley Electronic Press announces the launch of the "Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (JHSEM)". The journal is intended to make an innovative contribution to the current critical national effort to promote homeland security by providing an accessible, responsive medium for the publication of research, exchange of ideas, and discussion of current issues and events by knowledgeable researchers and practitioners. A full description of the journal, along with the inaugural issue and submission guidelines, can be found at

4) Input Wanted!

"The Foresight Flood and Coastal Defence (FCD)" project is working to produce a long-term vision for the future of flood and coastal defense which takes account of many uncertainties, but which is nevertheless robust, and which can be used as a basis to inform policy, and its delivery. FCD is currently in the response phase of this work and is looking for ideas from around the world on responses to inland and coastal flooding, even if they are "off the wall." All input is welcome, as are suggestions for networks or organizations that might wish to contribute to this work.

Details about this project can be found at If you have specific questions, contact Jon Parke, FCD, Office of Science and Technology, Bay 590 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET, UK; tel: +44 (0) 20 7215 6749; e-mail:

5) Call for Papers: Natural Resources and Society

The International Association for Society & Natural Resources (IASNR) invites Ph.D., Master's, and undergraduate students to submit a paper for consideration for the "Best Student Paper Awards." These awards will be presented at the 10th International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM) in Keystone, Colorado, June 2-6, 2004. The purpose of these awards is to recognize the excellence of new scholars in the human dimensions of natural resources field. Specifics regarding these awards, such as the application process, requirements, and deadlines, along with general information about the ISSRM conference, can be found at:

6) Comments Wanted

As previously mentioned in the DR, a working group of the Partnership for Public Warning (PPW) has developed issues and recommendations for the Emergency Alert System (EAS) as part of an EAS assessment initiative. A second call for comments has gone out, with a deadline of November 28, 2003.

Issues that have been identified include: lack of mandatory broadcast requirement for state and local warnings; missing communications links between message originators and broadcasters; outdated EAS plans; non-participation by newer communications technologies; lack of public awareness; lack of implementation of EAS enhanced features; and the need for training and education for broadcast industry and government personnel.

Comments may be submitted via e-mail to Comments may also be submitted on additional issues and recommendations not identified in the proposal. PPW may be contacted directly at 7515 Colshire Drive, Mail Stop N655, McLean, VA 22102; (703) 883-2745;

7) Peace Corps Masters Program in Geological Natural Hazards

Michigan Tech University and the U.S. Peace Corps announce a new opportunity for students who hope to work abroad and are interested in the mitigation of geological hazards. The program is designed to give students with professional interests in the natural hazards field experience through a two year assignment in the Peace Corps. The program initially targets Central American countries facing significant challenges in geological hazards.

The masters degree may be completed in geology, geological engineering, geophysics or civil engineering. The hazards specializations may be volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, floods or droughts. This program is expected to receive official approval in the next few weeks and will be the first and only Peace Corps master's program in geological natural hazards. Students are being recruited for September 2004. The program is described in detail on the web at, or you may contact William Rose, Michigan Tech Univeristy, Houghton, MI 49931; (906) 487-2367; e-mail: for more details.

8) Disaster Resistant Universities

The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Disaster Resistant University (DRU) program was created to reduce the potential for loss of life and the prospect of billions of dollars in damage-both to research capacity and infrastructure-that may follow a natural disaster. In October 2000 the following universities were selected as pilot institutions: University of California/Berkeley (prototype), Tulane University, University of Alaska/Fairbanks, University of Miami, University of North Carolina/Wilmington, and the University of Washington/Seattle.

Since then, each university has made significant mitigation improvements in its campus environment and school-related activities, including organizing campus awareness campaigns, prioritizing and implementing appropriate structural mitigation measures, updating emergency operations plans, and implementing plans for business continuity.

A planning guide titled, Disaster Planning for Colleges and Universities: Reducing Loss of Life, Property, and Operations, has been developed from their experiences. It is both a "how-to" guide and a distillation of the experiences of the colleges and universities across the country that have been working over the past several years to become more disaster resistant. Each section of the guide focuses on different phases in the disaster-resistant planning and implementation process. The entire document is available at If you have specific questions about this FEMA initiative, contact LaBrina Jones, FEMA Headquarters;(202) 646-4331; e-mail:

9) Call for Papers

The Canadian Centre for Emergency Preparedness (CCEP) is calling for presentations for the 14th World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM). The Conference will be held in downtown Toronto from June 20-23, 2004.

With a theme of "the changing face of disaster management are we really prepared," WCDM addresses issues common to all aspects of disaster/emergency management, and the conference program includes speakers from many parts of the world. The focus will be on training and networking among those in emergency planning/management, emergency response, disaster management research, business continuity, risk management, security, information technology, human resources, and organizations which supply and service these professions.

Abstracts are due by December 12, 2003. If you have specific questions, contact Adrian Gordon, CCEP, 1005 Skyview Drive, Suite 323, Burlington, Ontario, L7P 5B1, Canada; (905) 331-2552; e-mail: Complete information and submission instructions are avaialble at, and general conference details can be found at

10) Earthquake Research in Japan

Each year the National Science Foundation (NSF) sends a group of U.S. graduate students to Japan for an intensive summer research experience through the Natural Hazards Mitigation in Japan (NHMJ) program. This program provides unique opportunities to explore the state of research and practice in natural hazard mitigation in Japan to twelve U.S. participants. The primary goals of the program are to introduce U.S. graduate students to Japanese science and engineering as well as to initiate personal relationships that will better enable them to collaborate with their Japanese counterparts in the future. These programs have two distinct components: (1) research at a host Japanese government, corporate or university laboratory; and (2) intensive language and cultural training.

Applications are sought from qualified students in structural, earthquake, wind, and geotechnical engineering who would like to participate in this program in 2004. Applications from middle school math/science teachers are also welcome. More information, along with eligibility requirements, an explanation of the application procedure, and descriptions of the various programs that are part of the overall project, can be found at You may also contact B.F. Spencer, Jr.; e-mail:; or Y.C. Kurama; e-mail:

Applications must be received by November 1, 2003


11) Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

[Below are a few recent job vacancies that are related to some of the myriad activities in which DR readers engage. Please contact the organizations directly for more information.]

Postdoctoral Program

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) announces the continuation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) Postdoctoral Program in Climate and Global Change. UCAR manages this NOAA-sponsored program, which pairs recently graduated postdoctorates with host scientists at U.S. institutions to work in an area of mutual interest. The objective of this program is to help create the next generation of researchers needed for climate studies. It endeavors to attract recent Ph.D.s in sciences that address studies of relevance to the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program.

Applications are due January 14, 2004. For more information, including tips on applying, specific criteria, and research foci, contact Meg Austin, UCAR, P.O. Box 3000, FL-4 / Suite 2200, Boulder, CO 80307-3000; (303) 497-8649; e-mail:;

Postdoctoral Position

The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) is seeking a scientist to conduct research on the use and value of forecasts at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR) at the University of Colorado/CIRES and the NOAA Environmental Technology Laboratory (NOAA/ETL). There are two research foci for this position. The first is to study the use and value of load forecasts for the energy sector based on surface temperature forecasting in New England, and second is to study water management information needs in the Western U.S. in the context of the relationship of flood control, water supply, and hydrometeorological forecasting. The focus on forecasts includes evaluations based on existing forecast accuracy, as well as on potential improvements in accuracy. Requirements include a Ph.D. in a relevant physical or social science, knowledge and experience with data collection and analysis techniques in the context of research on decision making, experience with statistical techniques, and the ability to communicate effectively with both the users and providers of weather forecasts as well as with those who conduct atmospheric research.

Position details are available from Roger Pielke Jr., e-mail:; or F. Marty Ralph, e-mail: To apply, please e-mail your resume, salary history, and a list of three references to:; or through regular mail to Human Resources, CIRES, 216 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309-0216.

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Appointment

The Department of Political Science at Florida International University (FIU) invites applications for a tenure-track position in the area of "extreme events," including disasters, catastrophes, genocide, terrorist attacks, etc. to begin Fall 2004.

The position is purposefully broad, and the department hopes to stimulate interest from candidates trained in comparative politics, international relations, foreign policy, or American politics. Strong methodological background is expected and experience with externally funded research will be a major advantage. Undergraduate teaching responsibilities will depend upon the person selected, but participation in the graduate course, "The Politics of Disaster," will be expected.

Applicants should expect to have a Political Science Ph.D. in hand by August 2004. The political science department is a dynamic, research-oriented department with over 20 faculty. Further information is available at

Applications are due December 15, 2003. All applications should include a C.V., three letters of recommendation, graduate transcripts, sample syllabi, teaching evaluations (if available), and writing samples. Address correspondence to: Search Committee-Extreme Events, Dept. of Political Science, Florida International University, University Park DM 480, 11200 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL 33199.

Assistant Professor - Emergency Administration and Management

Arkansas Tech University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor beginning August 2004 for the baccalaureate degree program in Emergency Administration and Management. A master's degree in a discipline related to disaster and crisis management is required and a doctorate is preferred. Candidates must have experience related to disaster operations, emergency planning, mitigation, and training. Preferred qualifications include a background in utilizing and integrating technology and in the development and delivery of web-based coursework. The instructional load will include the administration, monitoring, and assessment of off-site internship assignments and externship opportunities. Responsibilities will also include serving as the faculty advisor for the International Emergency Management Student Association which conducts community education service projects. Program information, curriculum and course syllabi are available on our website:

Review of applications will begin on January 5, 2004, and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a statement of qualifications, vita, copies of transcripts, and contact information for three references and should be submitted to Mary Ann Rollans, Arkansas Tech University, School of Community Education, 402 West O Street, Dean Hall 110, Russellville, AR 72801-2222.

Fellows Program

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is accepting applications for its Fellows Program which provides post-doctoral scholars with a unique opportunity to enhance their foundation in one of the Institute's core disciplines - the earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences, and health sciences - while at the same time acquiring the cross-disciplinary expertise and breadth needed to understand and address the causes and consequences of poverty, hunger, disease, and environmental degradation. Earth Institute Fellows work within the Earth Institute unit best suited to their research interests. To facilitate critical thinking and collaboration, fellows are guided by one or more senior scholars and attend a unique series of seminars, dinners and special events that explore key interdisciplinary issues, bring fellows together as a community, and allow them to meet a diverse array of Columbia faculty and researchers.

Applications submitted by December 1, 2003 will be considered for fellowships starting in the summer or fall of 2004. More information is available from Hilary Dewhurst, Postdoctoral Fellows Selection Committee, The Earth Institute at Columbia University, 535 West 116th Street (Mail Code 4335), Columbia University, New York, NY 10027; (212) 854-3893; e-mail:;

12) 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]
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute has unveiled a newly reorganized web site. EERI is a national, nonprofit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists.
Each year, more deaths occur due to flooding than from any other thunderstorm related hazard. "Turn around don't drown" is a new campaign begun by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and the National Weather Service to educate people about flood risks. The site includes downloadable signs and brochures.
The Red Cross announces the availability of a curriculum of lesson plans and activities for children ages 5 - 13 to help them and their families feel safe and prepared for a fire. The materials were developed through a fire prevention grant provided by the United States Fire Administration (USFA), with the goal of reducing the injuries and fatalities incurred by children due to residential fire. Click on the "fire prevention and safety" icon on this web site.
This hurricane web site, maintained by USA Today, includes historical information and a wide variety of hurricane-related resources and links.
The 2003 Edition of the Health Library for Disasters, an on-line collection of information resources on public health in disasters and complex emergencies, has just been released by the World Health Organization and the Pan American Health Organization. The library is fully searchable with a variety of key terms.
The Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has unveiled an interactive web-based board game for children, as part of its commitment to educating young people about disaster preparedness and risk reduction. The board game is called Disaster Discovery.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently developed this Fire and Explosion Planning Matrix to provide employers with planning considerations and on-line resources that may help employers reduce their vulnerability to, or the consequences of, a terrorist's explosive device or act of arson.
This URL is a link to a newly revised Gender and Disasters bibliography, compiled by Elaine Enerson.

13) 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:]

Annual Water Resources Conference. Sponsor: American Water Resources Association (AWRA). San Diego, California: November 3-6,2003. Water resources managers, research and consulting professionals, environmental advocates, and regulators have different perspectives on addressing the needs of the public's water supplies, but overall needs and objectives for water resources management are shared around the world. This conference will address these concerns and facilitate the ability to overcome the obstacles facing water resources and their management. Complete conference information is available from AWRA, P.O. Box 1626, Middleburg, VA 20118; (540) 687-8390; e-mail:;

Conference On Volunteers in Homeland Security. Sponsors: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VI in cooperation with Disaster Ready Austin, Tulsa Mayor's Citizen Corps, and the assistance of Tulsa Partners, Inc. Austin, Texas: November 4-6, 2003. FEMA's role in Citizen Corps is to create opportunities for individuals and communities to prepare for and respond to emergencies by facilitating collaboration between organizations that engage in homeland security activities. The effective networking of these groups to achieve common goals is the mission of this conference. Information is available from Shari Brand, Citizen Corps, FEMA Region VI, (940) 8998-5358; e-mail:

Geospatial Needs Assessment Workshop. Sponsors: Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VIII, and the U.S. Geological Survey. Denver, Colorado: November 5-6, 2003. DHS is working to improve the ability of tribal, state and local governments to plan for and respond to disasters through greater geospatial preparedness. The workshop will provide the opportunity to discuss GIS data needs and resources and gaps for geospatial preparedness and begin addressing those gaps. Ultimately, DHS will produce a Strategy for Geospatial Preparedness. Workshop details are available from Mark Tijerina, FEMA Region VIII, Building 710, Box 25267, Denver, CO 80225-0267; (303) 235-4877; e-mail:

Workshop on Comprehensive Emergency Management. Sponsor: Emergency Disaster Management, Inc. (EDM). Orlando, Florida: November 15, 2003. Using examples from recent catastrophes, this workshop will present all the elements necessary to a comprehensive emergency management and business continuity program, with the themes of resources management, operations and logistics, and crisis communication. Registration information is available from EDM, 5959 West Century Boulevard, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045; (310) 649-0700;

Emergency Response 2003: Integrating the Response. Sponsor: PBI Media. Long Beach, California: November 18-21, 2003. This conference will focus on how land, air, and marine emergency organizations can better integrate their responses to major incidents and manage new missions imposed by increased homeland security concerns. It will run in parallel tracks, focusing on the needs of both top-level officers and front-line responders. Registration information is available from Susan Cuevas, c/o TRC, LLC, 16000 N. 80th St., Suite F Scottsdale, AZ 85260; e-mail:;

2003 National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA) Annual Meeting. Chicago, Illinois: November 18-21, 2003. Sessions include flood and stormwater management, pre-disaster mitigation, mapping modernization, dam safety and rehabilitation, and case-based flood mapping presentations. Complete information is available from Susan Gibson, NAFSMA, 1301 K Street, NW, 8th Floor Tower, Washington, DC 20005; (202) 218-4122;

Recovery Planning in Silicon Valley. San Jose, California: November 19, 2003. Sponsors: Collaborative for Disaster Mitigation (CSM) and the City of San Jose. This conference is designed to provide a forum for information acquisition and exchange among industry professionals and others involved with business continuity planning and small business vulnerability issues. Topics include economic outlook, threat review, ensuring communication infrastructure for response and recovery, and a guide to conducting vulnerability assessments. Information may be found by contacting Jessica Tran, CDM, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192; (408) 924-3596;

On-line Overview of Risk Analysis Workshop, conducted entirely over the Internet in conjunction with the Society of Risk Analysis (SRA) Annual Meeting. Sponsor: SRA. November 19-December 5, 2003. This distance learning workshop pulls together the basic principles of risk assessment, risk management, and risk communication. It targets those who are newer members of the risk analysis community, or perhaps professionals who have a high level of specialization that has limited their opportunities to step back and think about the big picture. This workshop will be delivered over the Internet using a course management system called WebCT. Registration will be handled by the SRA Secretariat, 1313 Dolley Madison Boulevard, Suite 402 McLean, Virginia 22101; (703) 790-1745; e-mail:;

The Grants Trail: What Federal Grant-Makers Have To Say. Sponsor: Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the Department Of Homeland Security, Department Of Health And Human Services, Department Of Transportation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency Office Of Domestic Preparedness. Huntington Beach, California: December 5, 2003. This multi-agency seminar will focus on federal funding options for state and local jurisdictions pertaining to emergency and disaster management, crisis response, public safety, hazard mitigation and homeland security. Each agency will offer a presentation in the morning, followed by workshops in the afternoon. Seminar details are available from Fadi Essmaeel, 101 Main Street, Suite 380, Huntington Beach, CA 92648; (714) 960 6483; e-mail:;

Buildings Versus Extreme Winds. Sponsor: Texas Tech University. Lubbock, Texas: February 4-6, 2004. This short course is designed for architects, engineers, building officials, and others involved with wind loads and windstorm shelter design, as well as interpretation of load standards and codes. Registration information is available from Mary Ruth Bishop, Division of Extended Studies, Texas Tech University, Box 42191, Lubbock, TX 42191; (806) 742-7200;

43rd Emergency Management Conference. Waco, Texas: March 7-10, 2004. Sponsor: Texas Department of Emergency Management (DEM). This conference includes training, workshops, meetings and general sessions plus a large array of exhibitors. For more information, contact Valerie Ehrhardt, DEM Public Information Office, P O Box 4087 Austin, Texas 78773-0001; (512) 424-2138; e-mail:;

Three Days - Three Short Courses for Regulators and Radiation Health Specialists in Emerging Topics in Radiation Protection and Risk Assessment. Sponsor: Risk Assessment Corporation. Kiawah Island, South Carolina: March 16-18, 2004. This course includes a crash course on risk assessment, recommendations of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, and working with stakeholders on issues of risk assessment. Registration details, and a course outline can be found by contacting Kristen Jacobucci,417 Till Road, Neeses, SC 29107; (312) 372-1255; e-mail:;

International Conference On Managing Seismic Risk In Developing Countries (MSRDC). Sponsor: Disaster Management Institute. Bhopal, India: March 17 - 19, 2004. The goal of MSRDC 2004 is to provide a platform for technologists, administrators and disaster management professionals to review and evaluate recent developments in contemporary technology and experiences in earthquake disaster management, as relevant to developing countries, with a view to enhance their efforts at combating such disasters effectively. A selection of conference topics includes techniques for low cost earthquake construction and retrofitting, design and construction practices in developing countries, risk assessment and rehabilitation in developing counties, and seismic vulnerability and safety of building structures. Conference information is available from K.S Parmar, MSRDC 2004, DMI, Paryavaran Parisar, E-5, Arera Colony, Bhopal 462016 Madhya Pradesh India; e-mail: or;

26th Annual National Hurricane Conference (NHC). Sponsor: Florida Shore and Beach Preservation Association. Lake Buena Vista, Florida: April 5-9, 2004. The primary goal of this conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, recovery, and mitigation in order to save lives and property in the U.S. and the tropical islands of the Caribbean and pacific. The conference serves as a national forum for federal, state, and local officials to exchange ideas and recommend policies to improve emergency management. The program includes a number of special training sessions. Information is available from David Tait, NHC, 2952 Wellington Circle, Tallahassee, FL 32309; (850) 906-9224; e-mail:;

Second International Conference on Post Disaster Reconstruction: Planning for Reconstruction. Sponsor: Coventry University, Centre for Disaster Management and Universite de Montreal, I-Rec team. Coventry, UK: April 22-23, 2004. This conference will provide a forum for practitioners and academics from around the world to present their research findings on themes such as vulnerability and risk mapping, coping mechanisms, disaster planning, inter-organizational arrangements, needs assessment and damage evaluation, community participation, environmental monitoring in reconstruction, and more. For conference details, contact Andrew Fox, Planning for Reconstruction, School of Science and the Environment, Coventry University, Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5FB, UK; tel: 024 7688 7688; e-mail:;

The 3rd European Conference on Structural Control. Sponsor: University of Pavia, Italy. Vienna, Austria: July 12-15, 2004. This conference aims at fostering scientific interactions among the vast community of researchers contributing to structural control in a broad sense, and at strengthening the European research and professional community of structural control. Cross-fertilization between the different scientific disciplines and interactions with professional engineers will be encouraged. Abstracts must be submitted electronically before November 1, 2003. Complete information is available from Susanne Halbkram, VCE- Vienna Consulting Engineers, Hadikgasse 60, A-1140 Vienna, Austria; tel:(+43-1) 894 60 21; e-mail:;

AWRA 2004 Spring Specialty Conference: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Water Resources III. Sponsor: AWRA. Nashville, Tennessee: May 17-19, 2004. This conference will provide practical workshops and the opportunity for technical exchange on the major applications where GIS is making great advances. We plan to have extended keynote talks on each major topic, followed by papers on specific applications. The format will be designed to allow participants plenty of opportunities to interact with some of the top researchers and practitioners in the GIS field today. Conference details are available from Kenneth J. Lanfear, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA; (703) 648-6852; e-mail:;

The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) Annual Conference. Melbourne, Australia: May 18 - 21, 2004. With the theme of "facing new challenges," participants will hear from international practitioners in emergency management and learn about the latest techniques, equipment, and theories. Paper titles and abstracts are due electronically by December 1, 2003, to Conference information may be obtained from Norm Free, Shire of Yarra Rangers, P.O. Box 105, Lilydale, Victoria, Australia; tel: +61 3 9294 6703; e-mail:;

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