I am in Broomfield, Colorado outside Denver at the “Natural Hazards & Applications Workshop” which is organized by the University of Colorado’s famed Natural Hazards Center. The workshop, now in its 34th year, is “designed to bring hazards researchers and practitioners from many disciplines together for face-to-face discussions on issues and trends that affect how society deals with hazards and disasters.”
Among the panel discussions I plan to attend today are “Rethinking The Emergency Alert System” and “Rethinking How We Characterize And Communicate Risk” (both are subjects that this blog has been rethinking as well so I am very interested to hear from the panelists and audience). FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will give the Workshop’s keynote speech later today.
Last night was the opening reception and poster session; some of the poster presentations included “Community Resilience And Recovery: Questions From Galveston”, “The Death Map: What it Is and What it Is Not”, and “Disasters Roundtable of the National Academies Wants to Hear from You” at which an Academies’ staffer was collecting and posting index cards with attendee recommendations topics for future public disaster-related events. I suggested “Social Media For Citizens In Disaster”. The full list of poster presentations here.
Recommendations for National Academies Disaster Roundtable posted by Workshop attendees
If you want to follow the Workshop’s panels, speeches and activities, you can check the Center’s Twitter feed which will be tweeting coverage; hashtag is #haz. (I will be following the feed from here as there a number of panels I am interested in that are running contemporaneously.) The Workshop schedule can be found here.