By Clare Ryan, Professor at the University of Washington School for Environment and Forest Sciences
I’m working on a WA Sea Grant funded project on Coastal Hazard Planning and Community Resilience, and hope your network members can help.
Many communities have begun to develop plans for mitigating hazards, reducing vulnerability, building resilience and protecting critical facilities. But implementing them requires coordinating budgets, capital expenditures and other activities across various organizations. The project is focused on identifying factors that facilitate or hinder the implementation of hazard mitigation plans.
I am at the early stages of this project, and looking for examples of hazard mitigation activities that have been planned for or implemented for all types of hazards. I am looking for examples of actions taken (hopefully beyond planning, although that is certainly an action) to prepare for/mitigate hazards of all sorts and increase resilience. My goal for the next month or so is to contact those involved, find out more, and identify some possible case studies for a team of graduate students at UW to develop over the next year.
Click here for a brief description of the project. If you have questions, ideas or suggestions please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your help!