Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Resource: Crisis & Emergency Management Degrees Online

This site was developed to help students who are interested in training in emergency management and disaster management. This website contains "all" the necessary information which could help an individual in deciding on a degree which suits ones needs and the college where anyone can take find training and courses.



5th Annual HAZUS User Conference


7 June 2011 - In an email today FEMA announced the details for the upcoming 5th Annual HAZUS User Conference...

5th Annual HAZUS Conference

Mark your calendars! The Annual HAZUS Conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, August 10 – 12, 2011, at the Henry M. Jackson Federal Building.

FEMA has released the Conference Agenda, CLICK HERE...

To register for this FREE conference, CLICK HERE ...

Hotel Information

Renaissance Seattle Hotel
515 Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98104

For attendee’s convenience, a room block has been set up for the conference. All reservations should be made by July 8, 2011 to guarantee availability and the special conference rates.

CLICK HERE to make your room reservations. When making reservations by phone, please mention the 5th Annual HAZUS Conference in order to receive the room block rate.

Call for Papers

Submissions from a wide interdisciplinary spectrum are encouraged, including but not limited to federal, state and local officials, GIS specialists, response/recovery planners, emergency managers, academics and community decision makers.

Papers will be accepted on the basis of a submitted abstract. An abstract should be between 500 and 750 words in length (references excluded) and submitted via e-mail to conference@support.hazus.us as embedded plain text or an attachment in MS Word, or PDF format. The submittal should also indicate the proposed format, for example, keynote speech, panel presentation, individual talk, or training session and intended length of presentation for which the abstract is being submitted.

Abstracts must be submitted no later than June 17, 2011.

Map Gallery Submissions

Don’t miss your chance to display your best map throughout the conference and be included in the conference proceedings. Individuals and groups may submit up to three maps. We encourage you to submit maps even if you cannot attend the conference. Awards will be presented for the following categories (you do not have to be present to win):

• Best practice for data improvements to Hazus-MH (Level 2 or 3 analyses)

• Best practice for incorporating Risk MAP

• Best incorporation of a HAZUS-MH analysis into a mitigation plan

• Most innovative practice of HAZUS-MH

• Best multi-hazard analysis

• Best integration of other tools with HAZUS-MH

All maps should be submitted electronically in PDF format by July 15, 2011. You must also submit an abstract (less than 500 words) to accompany your map(s). Abstracts should include a title, the award category you are submitting under and names and title of all individuals that assisted with the map production (names are not included in the word count). Attendees will have a chance to view the maps throughout the conference in print and electronic format.


Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rethinking the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Reactor Fault Danger

USGS seismologists are rethinking a potentially dangerous fault system near the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on the Central-California Pacific coast.

USGS scientists are being cautious but some are speculating about whether the area's fault system is actually much longer, and therefore more powerful, than now estimated.



Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The Shakeout Scenario

The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) & the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are pleased to announce that the May 2011 issue of the EERI journal Earthquake Spectra is a special issue devoted to the USGS-led 2008 Southern California ShakeOut Scenario and Exercise, which hypothesized the occurrence and effects of an Mw7.8 earthquake on the southern San Andreas fault.

“With this comprehensive publication, EERI is making it possible to see the breadth of the contributions that a fully realized natural disaster scenario can make to advancing fundamental scientific and engineering knowledge while also creating widespread, lasting impacts in communities,” remarked Dr. David Applegate, associate director for Natural Hazards at the USGS.


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Labor Market Risks of a M7.8 Earthquake in Southern California

The ShakeOut Scenario is a program developed by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to examine the implications of a magnitude 7.8 earthquake in southern California and to help people and organizations become better prepared before the next big earthquake. According to USGS, the most likely source of a large earthquake in California is the southern segment of the San Andreas Fault.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has analyzed data to assess the potential business and economic losses if a 7.8 magnitude earthquake were to occur in southern California. VIEW REPORT (.pdf)Link