Planning for Disaster Resilience Symposium

Friday, April 4, 2014 - 12:00 to Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 20:00

Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction & Recovery Center is hosting a symposium on topics from hazard mitigation to recovery & adaptation.

This  two-day symposium commemorates the 25th anniversary of the HRRC by bringing together past and current HRRC faculty fellows to discuss contributions to the fields of hazards and urban planning research, emphasizing the importance of the intersection of urban planning and hazards as critical for community resilience.

Scheduled for April 4 - 5, panel discussion topics include: 

  • Hazard Mitigation - This session will examine the role hazard mitigation plays in planning and disasters. Influential topics to these fields include understanding vulnerabilities, the development within hazardous areas, development policies which influence risk, and understanding the impacts of structural and non-structural mitigation.
  • Emergency Preparedness & Response Planning - This panel focuses on research which has influenced the ways communities prepare and respond to disasters. Meaningful research has influenced the way risk is communicated, community needs are met, evacuations take place, and the preparedness and response in developing countries.
  • Recovery & Adaptation - Our knowledge on factors influencing recovery rates and the ability of communities to adapt to hazards has expanded in the last two decades. Panelists will discuss how to long-term housing recovery, business recovery, the impacts of vulnerable populations on recovery, and the adaptation of communities to hazards and climate change.
  • Interpretations for Practice - In what ways have practitioners influenced research and how are practitioners interpreting hazards research? Panelists will discuss how hazards can be incorporated into the comprehensive planning process, how states respond and recover, the recovery planning of cities, and how to ways to engage the community in disaster planning.

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