2014 Conference: Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Sustainable Reconstruction
The Role of Architectural, Planning, and Engineering Education
This event took place from May 8-9, 2014
An event of the
- Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston
- Boston Architectural College
- School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation, Roger Williams University, Bristol, Rhode Island
In collaboration with a number of partners and co-sponsors
Conference Overview and Themes
The sessions include the following:
Session 1: Science and Technology Applications to Mitigate Natural Hazards
FOCUS: case studies of various practical and pre-emptive strategies that have been developed and implemented to diminish the dangers to life and property from natural hazard events. The panel will address the following themes, amongst others: planning, policy and regulation changes, educational programs, and infrastructure projects. The presenters will comprise collaborative stakeholders such as civil engineers, hydrologists and seismologists as well as other technical professionals who are specialists in natural hazards. The topics will include: Floods, Hurricanes, Earthquake and Soil Liquefaction, Atlantic-based Tsunami, Transportation Infrastructure, Water and Sewer infrastructure, Coastal and Riverine Infrastructure, Contingency Planning and Mitigation, Flood Insurance in Rising Seas, Urban Forestry Mitigation, and, the interface between natural resource management and disasters, etc.
- Disaster Dashboard: Exploring a coordination platform for improved aid response efficiency - Phillip Baker, Amy Labar, and Benjamin Scheerbarth
- Avoiding Institutional and Organization Failure - Marc Brennan
- Enterprise Social Media Management - Lindsay Crudele
- Understanding Earthquake Hazard and Earthquake Mitigation Strategies - John Ebel
- Identification of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings (URM’s) in the United States - Edward Fratto
- Climate Change and Extreme Weather Vulnerability Assessments and Adaptation Options of the Central Artery - Steven Miller
- Tsunami Impacts on Structures: Lessons Learned from Three Tsunami Forensic Engineering Surveys & State-of-the-Art Tsunami Design Guidelines - Ioan Nistor
- Community‐Based Responses to Malaria and Other Epidemic Diseases as a Public Health Disaster: Rockefeller Failures and Successes, 1915‐ 1950 - Darwin Stapleton
- Rapid Aerial Assessment of Post Incident Damage for Enhanced Situational Awareness - Daniel Stouch
- Warning for a Rising Tide Along the Southeast New England Coast - Bob Thompson
- Planning, Policy and Regulation Changes in Turkey following the 1999 Kocaeli Earthquake - Derin Ural
- Resilience Matters: Helping Communities Adapt to Hazards and Change - Adam Whelchel
Special Panel on Animals in Disasters
- Animal Disaster Response - Brian Sharp
- State of Massachusetts Animal Response Team: Community Based Emergency Management - David Schwarz
Special Panel on Data and Disasters
Special Panel on Haiti
Session 2: Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Reconstruction in the Curricular of Colleges and Universities
The exploration and examination of how disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and sustainable reconstruction after disasters have been, and should be, addressed in the context of architectural, planning and engineering education. Through this session, discussions will be held on curricular opportunities such as online short courses, continuing education options, curricular suggestions for schools in countries most vulnerable to catastrophic disasters, and joint degree programs for schools with appropriate expertise in the topic.
THEMES: How accreditation and validation systems might impact curricular requirements in colleges and universities; Possible funding incentives for faculty and institutional engagement in curricular reform; How and where in a curriculum disaster mitigation and sustainable reconstruction can be introduced and implemented successfully; The influence of online and continuing education opportunities that could affect professional development in engineering, planning, architecture and design communities; Future trends in education (serious gaming, social networking, etc.) and how they might address the expertise needed for sustainable reconstruction after disasters; The ethical and political implications inherent in planning curricula; and, Other topics proposed by participants.
Representatives of regulatory agencies, professional associations, foundations supporting educational initiatives, and academic societies--as well as academic institutions--are encouraged to attend.
Session 3: Response and Recovery Efforts after Disasters
TOPICS: the roles of stakeholders: women, children, the elderly, the differently abled, public and private sectors, community-based organizations, NGOs; Social, cultural and technological aspects of reconstruction including cultural resources recovery in the midst of chaos, etc.
Session 4: Whole Community approach to Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery
(A presentation, by the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region I and the American Red Cross, discussing the necessity of partnership in preparation for, responding to, and recovering from, catastrophic incidents)
Across the United States, Disaster Response-based organizations such as the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross recognize that a government-centric approach to emergency management is not enough to meet the challenges posed by today’s catastrophic incident. “Whole Community” is an approach to emergency management which reinforces the idea that no one organization alone has the strengths, capabilities or competencies to successfully respond to and provide holistic recovery assistance for a devastated community. We know now that we must leverage all of the resources of our collective team in preparing for, protecting against, responding to, recovering from and mitigating against all hazards; and that collectively we must meet the needs of the entire community in each of these areas. This Whole Community Team includes, not only FEMA, Red Cross and their partners at the federal level, but also local, tribal, state and territorial partners; non-governmental organizations like faith-based and nonprofit groups and private sector industry; individuals, families and the community itself, who continue to be the nation’s most important assets as first responders during a disaster.
When the community is engaged in an authentic dialogue, it becomes empowered to identify its needs and the existing resources that may be used to address them. Our presenters in this session are subject matter experts in disaster response and recovery, from a wide variety of professional backgrounds, who have partnered closely for years to strengthen the resilience of communities across New England and the country.
- Planning for the Threat: Southern New England Hurricane Evacuation Study - Paul Morey
- FEMA Flood Maps and Mitigation against flood and storm Damage - John Grace
- Federal Emergency Management Agency Regional Integration Branch - Richard Nicklas
- Whole Community approach to Disaster Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Recovery - Russell Webster
- Disaster Recovery Plan - Shaun Mulholland