It’s that time of year when DR settles down for a not-so-long winter’s nap, but we’re happy to let you know that we’ll be back soon with some exciting updates.

It’s been a big year for us at the Natural Hazards Center. We’ve welcomed our most recent director, hosted our biggest Workshop ever, introduced the new Research Counts publication series, and activated nearly 20 Quick Response Grants. Along the way, we’ve gotten great advice and lots of feedback from the hazards and disasters community, and that has us thinking about new ways we can offer even more to the people we serve.

To that end, in the new year you will see some subtle changes in the content of DR. When we return you’ll notice more original reporting on disaster topics with a greater emphasis on translating research into information that can be applied to practice. We’ll also be rolling out some new features from time to time and touching base with you, our readers, to see what you think.

While some things will be changing, plenty will remain the same. We’ll still help you keep track of the latest conferences, jobs, callouts, and webinars. We’ll make sure we continue to share interesting reports, websites, and other online resources. And we’ll definitely be keeping you up to date about what’s going on in Center News.

As we move forward, we’re always happy to hear from you. Please feel free to reach out and let us know what’s important in your corner of the disaster community—what you’re excited about, what you’re struggling with, what you need to know. Hearing from you not only helps us make DR a better publication, it’s top on the list of why we do this work in the first place.

Happy holidays and see you next year!

Jolie Breeden Editor DR—Disaster Research News You Can Use