The Natural Hazards Center team is pleased to welcome you to the 45th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop. Thank you for registering for our first-ever virtual Workshop. Although we will not be able to join in person this year due to the pandemic, we are still so thankful that you are part of the diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and policy makers who participate in this meeting. It is our honor to convene the Workshop, and we offer much gratitude to each of you and appreciate the work you do.

Special Thanks

Natural Hazards Center Advisory Committee

The Natural Hazards Center team receives regular guidance from the following Advisory Committee members. Their wisdom, thoughtful advice, and ongoing support is gratefully acknowledged.

William Anderson
Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

David Applegate
U.S. Geological Survey

Lauren Alexander Augustine
Gulf Research Program of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Jason Averill
National Institute of Standards and Technology

Debra Ballen
Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety

Chad Berginnis
Association of State Floodplain Managers

Michael Cohen
Renaissance Re

Leremy Colf
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Aram Dobalian
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Chris Emrich
University of Central Florida

Michael Grimm
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Thomas Hughes
Natural Hazard Mitigation Association

Russ Paulsen

Roger Pulwarty
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mark Roupas
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Nick Shufro
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Wendy Walsh
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Amy Wolkin
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Additional Supporters

In planning this year’s Workshop, the Natural Hazards Center team has benefited tremendously from the generosity and assistance of many people and organizations. We would like to extend additional thanks to:

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which supported the production of the Research Counts Special Collection on Mass Sheltering and Disasters. The Natural Hazards Center thanks those who authored pieces for the special collection, and acknowledges the invaluable contributions of Tracy Thomas, Senior Health Scientist at the CDC, and Daire Jansson, ORISE Fellow for At-Risk Populations at the CDC.
  • Impact360 Alliance, directed by Scott Miles, which supported the graphic recording done by Alece Birnbach of the Graphic Recording Studio at this year’s Workshop. Impact360 Alliance works to develop design thinking strategies and deploy creative tools to strengthen researcher-practitioner connections, foster integrative approaches, and facilitate inclusive problem solving.
  • Rob Pudim—who has been with the Natural Hazards Center since 1976—for his illustrations, including the art associated with this year’s Workshop theme.

In Memoriam

In the time since our last Workshop, we have lost one of our most stalwart members of our community. Dick Krajeski—preacher, partner, father, friend, colleague, teacher, researcher, seeker—left this world in December of 2019. What he left behind was his passion for justice, mercy, kindness, and truth. Known for saying that “enough is abundance,” he lived a life immersed in wonder, joy, and love. None of us still here at the Natural Hazards Center have any memory of a Workshop without Dick. His presence was as much of a tradition as our Monday morning introductions, and he sought to bind us together in much the same way. We miss him dearly, but before he passed we promised him that we would continue to fight for the vulnerability bearers of the world. Let’s all honor him in that way.

Funding Support

The Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop is made possible with funding support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Division of Civil, Mechanical, and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) (Award #1635593) with supplemental support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-National Integrated Drought Information System (NOAA-NIDIS), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS-ASPR), and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this meeting are those of the participants and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders. The funding support is gratefully acknowledged.