Disaster Research 408

June 29, 2004

Table of Contents

  1. Designing Educational Opportunities for the Hazards Manager of the 21st Century
  2. Earthquake Hazards Reduction Fellowship
  3. Prakash Award
  4. Fulbright Program in Mexico
  5. On-line Disaster Risk Reduction Dialog
  6. Mass Fatalities Incident Response Training
  7. Web-based Plague Training Module
  8. Health Literacy Grants Available
  9. Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
  10. Some New Web Resources
  11. Conferences and Training

1) Designing Educational Opportunities for the Hazards Manager of the 21st Century

With support from the National Science Foundation, the Hazards Center, in collaboration with the University of Colorado at Denver and the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Higher Education Project, held a workshop in October 2003 entitled "Designing Educational Opportunities for the Hazards Manager of the 21st Century."

Outcomes of the workshop include the identification of emerging trends and issues in emergency management, consensus views on core competencies for hazard managers of the future, a sample interdisciplinary core curriculum, and suggestions for ways of incorporating basic hazard management principles into the curricula of related disciplines. The workshop focused on three primary goals: 1) to identify core competencies for skills and knowledge; 2) to begin to create a sample interdisciplinary curriculum; and 3) to identify possibilities and challenges for incorporating basic hazard management principles into a curriculum. The workshop report summarizes the workshop and presents recommendations for future directions.

A workshop report is available for dowloading (in PDF format) at http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/higher_ed/Haz%20Mgmt%20Workshop%20Report.pdf.

2) Earthquake Hazards Reduction Fellowship

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announce a research fellowship to provide an opportunity for a practicing earthquake professional to gain skills and expertise in earthquake hazards reduction. Not intended to fund work toward a degree, the fellowship is designed to bring together career professionals.

Applications must be received by September 7, 2004. Applicants must provide a detailed work plan for a research project to be carried out within a twelve-month period. Applicants must also submit a professional resume and letter of nomination, and must be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status. For more information or an application form, contact EERI, 499 24th Street, Suite 320, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 451-5411; e-mail: eeri@eeri.org; http://www.eeri.org/home/fellowships_professional.html.

3) Prakash Award

The Shamsher Prakash Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2004 Shamsher Prakash Annual Prize for Excellence in the Practice of Geotechnical Engineering. The award is given to a young engineer, scientist, or researcher chosen from around the world. Successful candidates will have a background in geotechnical earthquake engineering and have made significant independent contributions to the field.

Nominations are due on or before October 31, 2004, and will be reviewed by an international panel. The award recipient will be announced on December 31, 2004. Complete information is available from Sally Prakash, e-mail: sallyp@umr.edu; http://www.rollanet.org/~prakash1/yoga10/geotechengg.htm.

4) Fulbright Program in Mexico

Four Fulbright/Garcia Robles awards for study in Mexico are available for the 2004-2005 grant year. Applications will be accepted in all fields of study. The Fulbright Commission is especially interested in attracting students pursuing fieldwork or internships related to aspects of public administration or public policy.

Proficient spoken and written Spanish is required at the time of application. Candidates at all degree levels (undergraduate, masters and doctoral) will be considered. Candidates who plan to conduct research for their thesis should provide a letter of approval from their thesis adviser.

Applicants should secure a letter of affiliation from a Mexican university or research institution. Applicants who are selected as grantees and still lack information regarding an appropriate Mexican host university or institution may be assisted in identifying and negotiating an affiliation with a Mexican institution.

For more information and application details, contact Walter Jackson, Institute of International Education, Headquarters, 809 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017-3580, (212) 984-5327, e-mail: wjackson@iie.org; http://www.iie.org/fulbright.

5) Online Disaster Risk Reduction Dialog

The International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) through its Secretariat invites participation in an on-line dialog that is happening from June 15-July 15, 2004. The intent of this virtual discussion is to determine priority areas for further action to implement disaster risk reduction 2005-2015.

The discussion will provide a wide forum for inputs to the conclusions of a review of current implementation of disaster risk reduction and to identify future priority action areas, including support mechanisms. The organizers are looking for participation from government representatives, experts, and interested stakeholders on reducing vulnerability to natural hazards. The results of this dialog will provide input to the discussions and outcomes of the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in January 2005.

Details, weekly topic information, and information on how to register are available at http://www.unisdr.org/WCDR-dialogue/.

6) Mass Fatalities Incident Response Training

The National Institute of Mass Fatalities (NMFI) is offering a tuition free course in Mass Fatalities Incident Response Planning in conjunction with the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Region II. Designed for those with responsibility for designing and managing mass fatality response plans, this course is not intended for first responders. It is designed to assist local jurisdictions, private sector organizations, and others who need this knowledge in developing an effective plan for response and recovery activities following a mass fatalities incident. Presentations will be supplemented with practical field exercises so that participants gain a comprehensive understanding of the planning issues related to mass fatalities incidents. (This is not the Federal Emergency Management Agency-sponsored class G386, "Mass Fatalities Incident Response.")

Courses are scheduled in September (New Jersey), October (Washington), and November (Washington, DC). Applications are due August 5, 2004. For more information contact Ann Bates, NMFI, 6301 Kirkwood Boulevard SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404; (319) 398-7122 or (866) 623-6634; e-mail: nmfi@kirkwood.edu; http://www.nmfi.org/ (click on "events").

7) Web-based Plague Training Module

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Emergency Preparedness and Response have a newly modified educational module on the natural epidemiology of plague and how to manage it as both a natural disease and an intentional attack. Module content is presented in a series of eight lessons, and users will learn to identify where plague occurs naturally in order to recognize possible bio-terrorism; identify patient symptoms that will lead to a diagnosis of bubonic, pneumonic, or septicemic plague; rule out other diseases when diagnosing plague; identify the appropriate specimens to obtain for diagnoses; describe the medical management of confirmed plague cases; describe the public health response needed for naturally occurring versus bioterrorist plague; and the diagnosis of plague in animals.

The target audience for this module is medical professionals in both hospital and primary care settings as well as veterinarians and other health care professionals. The module can be found at http://www.bt.cdc.gov/agent/plague/trainingmodule/.

8) Health Literacy Grants Available

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announce a joint program opportunity for projects related to "Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy." The purpose of these grants is to increase scientific understanding of the nature of health literacy and its relationship to healthy behaviors, illness prevention and treatment, chronic disease management, health disparities, risk assessment of environmental factors, and health outcomes including oral and mental health. This knowledge will help enable health care and public health systems to communicate effectively across different health literacy levels and employ strategies that reduce health disparities in the population.

Letters of intent are due September 13, 2004, and complete applications must be received by October 13, 2004. The complete announcements area available at http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-116.html and http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-117.html. For more information on these opportunities contact Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, John M. Eisenberg Building, 540 Gaither Road, Rockville, MD 20850;(301) 427-1550; e-mail: rcorrea@ahrq.gov.

9) 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.]

Project Coordinator

The Center for Watershed and Community Health (CWCH) is hiring a full-time project coordinator to assist with a program aimed at building local capacity in the Pacific Northwest to assist low-income residents, communities, and tribes to prepare for and respond to wildfire and other natural hazards. CWCH is an independent nonprofit organization affiliated with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment at the University of Oregon. The project coordinator will also assist with other aspects of the organization, including project development, grant writing and strategic planning. This position is funded for one year. The project coordinator will be responsible for working with CWCH staff to raise funds for additional terms of employment.

The position is open until filled. To apply, send resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: Job Search, Center for Watershed and Community Health, P.O. Box 51182, Eugene, OR 97405; http://cwch.uoregon.edu. If you would like more details or have questions contact Kathy Lynn; e-mail: kathy@uoregon.edu.

NVFC Program Director

The National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) is looking to hire a program director to manage its national volunteer recruitment and educational campaign. Responsibilities include coordination of a National Advisory Committee, implementation of the focus and direction of the program; and oversight of the program's day-to-day activities.

Qualified applicants must have strong leadership, decision making, and organizational abilities along with excellent oral and written communication skills. Fire service and volunteer coordination experience a plus. For consideration, send cover letter and resume to: Heather Schafer, NVFC 1050 17th Street, NW, Suite 490, Washington, DC 20036; e-mail: hschafer@nvfc.org; http://www.nvfc.org.

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 http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/resources/sites.html.]

Are you at risk from Hawaii's natural hazards? This web site is sponsored by the statewide hazard mitigation forum.

Alaska's state hazard mitigation plan is available at this site.

This "one-stop" federal web site features access to federal, state, and local geographic data. The site has been in operation for one year, and also includes information and resources on geospatial data and related issues.

The New South Wales Fire Brigades, Australia's largest urban fire service, has updated its web site to better inform the public of safety measures for fire, hazardous materials, rescue, bushfire, and other natural disasters.

The U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has released a report from a 2003 conference on emergency preparedness titled "Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities: An Interagency Seminar of Exchange for Federal Managers."

The "Earth Impact Effects Program" is an interactive web site for estimating the regional environmental consequences of an impact on Earth. This site will estimate the ejecta distribution, ground shaking, atmospheric blast wave, and thermal effects of an impact as well as the size of the crater produced.

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA), Central Emergency Relief Organization of Barbados (CERO), the Barbados Meteorological Service, and Digicel Limited have launched an emergency warning system for the 2004 hurricane season. The "e-MergencyAlert" project will start in Barbados and be introduced into CDERA's 15 member states.

This web site, maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), contains information on faults and associated folds in the U.S. that are believed to be sources of M>6 earthquakes during the Quaternary (the past 1,600,000 years). Maps of these geologic structures are linked to detailed descriptions and references.

The University of Memphis, USGS, and the Mid-America Earthquake Center recently opened the doors to Memphis' first-ever earthquake learning center with a strong on-line component and the goal of helping visitors understand more about earthquakes and the New Madrid seismic zone.

The National Academies has begun a web site on abrupt climate change generally referring to a large shift in climate that persists for years or longer (such as marked changes in average temperature, or altered patterns of storms, floods, or droughts) over widespread areas.

A new educational web site that focuses on global warming and other environmental threats and their links to human health, "EcoHealth" is intended for students, teachers, and interested individuals.

Information about and support for the latest version of HURREVAC (HURRicane EVACuation program), a software designed to track hurricanes and assist with decision making, is available here.

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 web site: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/conf.html.]

MRC National Conference. Sponsor: Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). Baltimore, Maryland: July 7-9, 2004. Join national government and nongovernmental organizations, emergency response and public health experts, and other community volunteers for this conference. Local MRC community exhibits will be on display and the agenda is based on community MRC requests. For more information contact Karen Ellis, Office of the Surgeon General, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18-66, Rockville, MD 20857; (301) 443-2806; e-mail: kellis@z-technicorp.com; http://www.medicalreservecorps.gov/index.cfm?MRCaction=Home.NationalConference.

Combating Bioterrorism: The Organizational Response. Sponsor: MIT Professional Institute. Cambridge, Massachusetts: July 19-21, 2004. The risk of terrorist attacks with biological weapons poses new challenges for governmental agencies that have the responsibility to respond to these threats. Public health, law enforcement, and national security agencies need to rethink their priorities and learn how to collaborate. However, agencies have deeply imbedded professional norms and organizational culture, and they are resistant to change even in times of crisis. Each agency responds with its own routines, and its own distinctive view of "the threat." This conference will explore these themes. More information is available from the MIT Professional Institute, Room 9-435, Cambridge, MA 02139; (617) 253 2101; e-mail: professional-institute@mit.edu; http://professional.mit.edu/.

The Power of Cooperation: The Emergency Preparedness and Response Conference and Exposition. Sponsors: Office for Domestic Preparedness, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Terrorism Preparedness Institute. Washington, DC: July 28-29, 2004. This conference includes three tracks: national incident management system and national response plan; preparedness; strategic management and interoperability; and grants, funding, and resources, all geared toward government officials, firefighters, EMS officials, and other first responders. For more information contact Ready!, 313 South Patrick Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; e-mail: mmoran@ntpshow.com; http://www.readyusainfo.com.

Emergency Readiness Conference and Expo 2004. Sponsor: University of Texas at Dallas. Richardson, Texas: August 9-12, 2004. This conference will be the first in a series of planned annual conferences, addressing overarching principles of promoting multi-sector coordination of emergency readiness activities, public-private partnerships, and innovative applications of communication and information technologies. For more information contact Jenny Wall, University of Texas; (972) 883-2631; e-mail: jenny.wall@utdallas.edu; http://som.utdallas.edu/erc/.

Summer Institute for Public Health Practice: Public Health Preparedness: Tools for the Frontline. Sponsor: American Public Health Association (APHA). Seattle, Washington: August 2-6, 2004. This conference is designed to provide public health practitioners with intensive, practical, case-based training in support of bioterrorism and emergency public health preparedness as well as skills for general public health practice. Participants will be able to choose training in five tracks: epidemiologic methods, management, executive leadership, systems improvement for bioterrorism preparedness, and geographic information systems (GIS). Crisis communications will be an overall focus. For more information contact Nedra Pautler, APHA, 800 I Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001; (206) 616-9245; e-mail: pautler@u.washington.edu; http://www.apha.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=event&eventid=343.

Emergency Management Conference 2004: Vulnerable Communities and Emergencies. Sponsor: Emergency Services Foundation. Melbourne, Australia: August 17-18, 2004. Conference sessions focus on aspects of community vulnerability, communication, emergency response, and natural disasters. Complete information is available from High Profile Exhibitions, Ltd., P.O. Box 40, Hampton Victoria, Australia; 03 953 1000; e-mail: info@hpe.com.au; http://www.hpe.com.au/emergservices/Brochure.pdf.

EarthScope: Science for Mid-America. Sponsors: National Science Foundation, Mid-America Earthquake Center, U.S. Geological Survey. Memphis, Tennessee: August 18-20, 2004. This conference will discuss future multidisciplinary collaborations to maximize understanding of the geology of the Mid-America region which will lead to a better understanding of geologic development and provide valuable data for assessment of resources and earthquake hazards. For more information contact EarthScope, 1200 New York Ave, NW, Suite 800 Washington, DC 20005; (202) 682-0633; e-mail: earthscope-info@earthscope.org; http://www.ceri.memphis.edu/ESMA/.

Mitigating Volcanic crises: Practical Solutions for the 21st Century. Sponsor: Benfield Hazard Research Center. London, England: August 31-September 2, 2004. This conference will address strategies for responding to volcanic crises. Sessions will combine scientific, social, and management criteria to identify new methods for short-term forecasting of eruptions, communicating the hazard to non-specialists, and designing appropriate response plans. For more information contact Christopher Kilburn, Benfield Hazard Research Center, Department of Earth Sciences, University College London, Glower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, UK; e-mail: c.kilburn@ucl.ac.uk; http://www.benfieldhrc.org/SiteRoot/activities/events/chris_2004.htm.

Integrated Planning Against Risk: Exploring Interfaces Between Disasters and Development. Sponsor: Center for Development Studies, University of Wales. Swansea, Wales: September 9, 2004. This seminar will focus on risk and policy processes and new thinking on social protection and the promotion of social risk management to reduce vulnerability before people are confronted with potential shocks and crises. For more information contact Eleanor Fisher, Center for Development Studies, Taliesin Building, University of Wales Swansea, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, Wales: e-mail: e.fisher@swansea.ac.uk; http://www.swan.ac.uk/cds/research/ESRCseminarprog3.htm.

HAZMAT Today: Responding to the New Reality. Sponsors: Virginia Association of Emergency Management and the Virginia Association of Hazardous Materials Response Specialists. Virginia Beach, Virginia: September 23-25, 2004. Sessions include: engine company response, a hazardous materials technology forum, a variety of breakout sessions, and panels on terrorism. Complete details and registration information can be obtained from Conventions Plus, 6107 Windsor Boulevard, Zuni, VA 23898; (757) 242-3652; e-mail: conventionsplus@charter.net; http://www.convplus.com.

Technologies for Public Safety in Critical Incident Response Conference and Exposition 2004. Sponsors: Department of Homeland Security/Science and Technology Directorate and Department of Justice/National Institute of Justice. New Orleans, Louisiana: September 27-29, 2004. This conference will highlight the technology and training tools currently available and under development for the responder community to deal with major threats to lives and property. More information can be obtained from Jen Telander, Center for Technology Commercialization, 576 Welsh Drive, Ruther Glen, VA 22546; (888) 475-1919; e-mail: jtelander@ctc.org; http://www.regonline.com/eventinfo.asp?EventId=13297.

First Responders Explosions and Mass Trauma Conference. Sponsor: National Institute for Urban Search and Rescue (NIUSR). Albuquerque, New Mexico: September 29-October 2, 2004. This conference will increase the training level, coordination, and synchronization with national standards for first responders and administrators working to strengthen public health infrastructure and emergency response capabilities, as well as enhance the capacity of emergency rooms and hospitals. For more information contact Gilbert Baca, Jr., Office of Continuing Medical Education, MSC 09 5370, 1 University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131; 505-844-5964; e-mail: gcbaca@sandia.gov; http://www.niusr.org/.

Woodframe Housing Durability and Disaster Issues. Sponsor: Forest Products Society. Las Vegas, Nevada: October 4-6, 2004. This conference will provide the latest information on problems and solutions related to woodframe housing disaster and durability issues including the effects and mitigation of environmental stress, the influence of construction and design practices on mitigation, assessment and durability issues, and biological degradation. Complete information can be obtained from the Forest Products Society, 2801 Marshall Court, Madison, WI 53705; (608) 231-1361 ext. 208; e-mail: conferences@forestprod.org; http://www.forestprod.org.

Cartographic Cutting Edge Technology for Natural Hazard Management. Sponsors: German Cartographic Society, International Cartographic Association, Dresden University. Dresden, Germany: October 6-8, 2004. Tentative topics include disaster monitoring, mobile mapping, real-time relief mapping, vulnerability mapping, and more. For information contact Steffi Sharma, University of Dresden, e-mail: Steffi.Sharma@mailbox.tu-dresden.de; http://www.cenat.ch/index.php?nav=672,689,769,778&userhash=4368951&l=d.

9th Annual New Mexico Environmental Health Conference. Sponsor: New Mexico Environmental Health Association (NMEHA). Albuquerque, New Mexico: October 18-20, 2004. Topics and issues in this conference of special interest to DR readers include community health, waste issues, and disaster preparedness and response. Registration information is available from Lorie Stoller, P.O. Box 1371, Sandia Park, NM 87047; (505) 827-1400 x1003; e-mail: nmehc@swcp.com; http://www.nmehc.org/.

The Third International Conference on Earthquake Engineering: New Frontier and Research Transformation. Sponsor: Nanjing University of Technology. Nanjing, China: October 18-20, 2004. A unique professional consortium called Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Earthquake Engineering Research (ANCER) was established in 2001 in Seoul, Korea. The vision of ANCER is to broaden the research, development impacts, and mitigation practices through cooperative activities that can be best advanced on a center-to-center basis over a large geographical area of common interest in seismic hazard mitigation. This conference covers all aspects of earthquake engineering, structural control, smart structures, and structural health monitoring. For more information e-mail: 3ICEE@NJUT.edu.cn; http://3icee.njut.edu.cn/.

5th Asian Seismological Commission General Assembly: Symposium on Seismic Hazard Evaluation and Risk Reduction. Sponsor: Armenian Association of Seismology and Physics of the Earth (AASPE). Yerevan, Armenia: October 18-21, 2004. This symposium will mobilize the experiences and achievements of different countries in the field of seismic risk reduction and promote an understanding of earthquake disaster reduction as an essential element of government policy and a major priority in regional; establish partnerships between the scientific community, government and public; exchange and transfer knowledge and technology; and strengthen multidisciplinary cooperation in the field of seismic risk reduction. Contact Serguei Balassanian, AASPE, 41 Orbeli Street, 375028 Yerevan, Armenia; 374 126 9282; e-mail: sbal@aaspe.am; http://www.aaspe.am/ASC_2004/.

76th Annual Meeting of the Eastern Section of the Seismological Society of America. Sponsors: Seismological Association of America (SSA), Eastern Section of SSA (ESSA), Virginia Polytechnic University. Blacksburg, Virginia: November 1-2, 2004. For complete information contact SSA, 201 Plaza Professional Building, El Cerrito, California 94530; (510) 525-5474; e-mail: info@seismosoc.org; http://www.geol.vt.edu/outreach/vtso/esssa2004/.

Fire Rescue Expo. Sponsor: "Fire Rescue" Magazine. Las Vegas, Nevada: November 12-14, 2004. The conference will focus on fire operations and tactics; rescue/extrication; training development; homeland first response; wildland fire; and emergency medical services. For more information contact Fire Rescue Expo, c/o Diana Press, Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851; (203) 840-5533; http://www.firerescueexpo.com/hfr.

Emergency Response Conference and Exposition. Sponsors: Rotor and Wing, Access Intelligence. San Diego, California: November 17-20, 2004. This conference will focus on how emergency responders and organizations can integrate their response to major incidents and manage new activities. For conference details contact Stephen Schuldenfrei, Access Intelligence, 1201 Seven Locks Road, Potomac, MD 20854; (301) 354-1813; e-mail: sschuldenfrei@accessintel.com; http://www.emergencyresponseshow.com/.

Risk Reduction through Partnership. Sponsor: Canadian Risk and Hazards (Knowledge and Practice) Network (CRHNet). Winnipeg, Manitoba: November 18-20, 2004. This symposium will bring together an international group of scholars, researchers, and practitioners to share knowledge and exchange information as well as introduce CRHNet, a knowledge and practice-based network to develop, promote, and help implement emergency management prevention and mitigation strategies in Canada. Symposium details are available from Donna Parkhurst, First Canadian Risk and Hazards Symposium, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba, 304 Sinnott Building, 70 Dysart Road, Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada;(204) 474-8954; e-mail: info@crhnet.ca; http://www.crhnet.ca.

4th International Conference on Dam Engineering. Sponsor: Hohai University. Nanjing, China: December 8-20, 2004. With the rapid economic and industrial growth of many regions in Asia, the development of water resources is a vital element of the infrastructure to satisfy the ever increasing demand for power, irrigation, and drinking water supply. This development includes both the construction of new facilities and the rehabilitation of existing older plants. Dams are usually the key element in such facilities and their economic construction and safety are of paramount importance. This conference will provide a forum for the exchange of experiences among dam designers, constructors, and operators on the behavior of dams. On-line registration information is not yet available; for more information contact Qingwen Ren, College of Civil and Engineering, Hohai University, Xi Kang Road 1, Nanjing 210098 P. R. China; e-mail: qingwenren@yeah.net; http://www.dam04.com.

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