Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction
Friday, September 19, 2008
Natural and technological hazards are inevitable, but their consequences on communities and infrastructure are not. In a more disaster-resilient America, relevant hazards are recognized and understood, communities at risk know when a hazard event is imminent, property losses and lives at risk in future natural hazard events are minimized, and disaster-resilient communities experience minimum disruption to life and economy after a hazard event has passed. Those are the goals of meeting the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction, a 10-year strategy produced by the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction. The Grand Challenges represent priority Federal science and technology investment needs to help the Nation reduce future loss of life and property as a result of disasters. This briefing will discuss recent natural hazard events, including Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, California wildfires, and China’s Sichuan earthquake, to illustrate the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction.
Ken Graham, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the National Weather Service New Orleans/Baton Rouge Offic, National Weather Service Performance and Challenges Warning Systems
Richard Lasko, Assistant Director, Fire and Aviation Management, U.S. Forest Service, Wildland Fire
Briefing Speakers (from left): David Applegate, Ken Graham and Richard Lasko
David ApplegateVice Chair of Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction Leadership presents award to National Science and Technology Council Liaison Gene Whitney (OSTP)
The Hazards Caucus Alliance, an informal network of organizations concerned about reducing the risk of hazards, invites your participation in this public briefing and in future Caucus events. For more information about the Caucus, the Alliance or future events, please contact Maeve Boland 703-379-2480 ext. 228; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contributed by Marcy Gallo, AGI Government Affairs Program Staff.
Posted: September 15, 2008
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