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35th Annual “Natural Hazards Workshop” Begins; Follow Through Twitter Feed (@HazWS), Tag (#Haz)

July 11th, 2010 · No Comments

The 35th Annual Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop began this weekend. The conference, organized by the University of Colorado’s esteemed Natural Hazards Center, is held outside of Denver. According to the Center’s website, the Workshop is:
designed to bring hazards researchers and practitioners from many disciplines together for face-to-face discussions on issues and trends that [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Events

National Media’s Lack Of Coverage Of Tennessee Floods: Good Or Bad News For Tennesseans?

May 24th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The latest issue of the Natural Hazards Center’s informative newsletter, Disaster Research, has an interesting article about the national media’s lack of coverage of the Tennessee flooding. The piece, “15 Minutes Lost: Disaster Media Disses Tennessee Flooding,” provocatively asks whether that oversight was necessarily all bad for the locals:
While disaster news coverage is often characterized [...]

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Tags: Flooding · Media

A Greater California ShakeOut: On October 15th, The North Will Join The South For The Biggest Earthquake Drill Ever

July 21st, 2009 · No Comments

At the Natural Hazards & Applications Workshop on Friday, a panel of those involved with the Great California ShakeOut offered an update of their plans for the second annual drill, which will take place at 10:15 a.m. on October 15, 2009. During that day, millions of Californians will practice “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” as [...]

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Tags: Earthquake Preparedness · Preparedness Events

FEMA’S Fugate Brings “Bully Pulpit” To Mile High: Tells Hazards Workshop That Authorities Have To “Trust The Public,” But Public Also Has To Take More Responsibility. Pushes Value Of Social Media & Citizens’ Star Trek “Tricorder” (a.k.a. Smart Phone) In Emergencies

July 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

In a rollicking keynote address at the Annual Natural Hazards Workshop in Broomfield, Colorado yesterday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said that the public was a too often overlooked and unlocked asset in emergency response, but he also called on that same public to take more responsibility for preparing for and mitigating disasters. Fugate kicked off the 34th [...]

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Tags: Federal Emergency Management Administration · Preparedness Ideas

University of Colorado’s “Natural Hazards & Applications Workshop” Begins; Fugate To Keynote

July 16th, 2009 · 2 Comments

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 [...]

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Tags: Preparedness Events

NTSB Asking Public For Video From Washington, D.C. Metro Crash; Underscores Value Of User-Generated Content In Emergencies (& Growing Appreciation By Authorities Of It)

June 25th, 2009 · 2 Comments

In a move that highlights the proliferation of video cameras, the usefulness of citizen/user generated content in emergencies, and, maybe most importantly, the growing appreciation by government authorities of that content, the National Transportation Safety Board has made a public request that any individual who has video of this week’s Washington, D.C. Metro accident should [...]

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Tags: Preparedness 2.0

Natural Hazards Center Student Disaster Writing Competition

March 21st, 2009 · No Comments

The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado is once again holding its Annual Hazards and Disasters Student Paper Competition for undergraduate and graduate students.
Papers can present current research, literature reviews, theoretical arguments, or case studies. Eligible topics include floods and floodplain management, Hurricane Katrina, earthquakes, climate change, warning systems, hazard mitigation, emergency management, vulnerability, [...]

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Tags: Education

Disaster Accountability Project Uses Citizens To Help Monitor Emergency Response

October 16th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I had been meaning to write about the work of the Disaster Accountability Project (DAP). So, I was happy to read a good article on DAP in the most recent issue of Natural Hazards Observer, the terrific (and free) bimonthly publication of the University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center.  
The article, “Disaster Accountability Project Uses Volunteers to Monitor [...]

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Tags: Non-Profit Organizations · Uncategorized

University of Colorado’s Natural Hazards Center “Disaster Research” E-Newsletter

August 9th, 2008 · No Comments

I wanted to bring your attention to a very helpful and timely online resource produced by the prestigious Natural Hazards Center of the University of Colorado. Disaster Research is a “moderated e-mail newsletter for creators and users of information regarding hazards and disasters”. 
Disaster Research comes out biweekly and offers articles about new developments, policies, conference announcements, job vacancies, resources, [...]

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Tags: Media