Thanks to Chuck Matthews at Ecology for sharing a new tool from USGS: the Pedestrian Evacuation Analyst!
This free, downloadable software is designed for use by researchers examining the pedestrian-evacuation potential of an at-risk community. In communities where modeled evacuation times exceed the event (for example, tsunami wave) arrival time, researchers can use the software with emergency managers to assess the area and population served by potential vertical-evacuation options. By automating and managing the modeling process, the software allows researchers to concentrate efforts on providing crucial and timely information on community vulnerability to sudden-onset hazards.
Learn more at http://pubs.usgs.gov/tm/11/c09/, or go directly to the tool at http://geography.wr.usgs.gov/science/vulnerability/tools.html.
Please be aware that today HUD announced the Notice of Funding Availability for their National Disaster Resilience Competition grant opportunity, which makes $1 billion available to communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. This means that almost all coastal states are eligible (see link below). Phase 1 of the competition will provide grants for planning and Phase 2 will provide funds to implement some of the projects selected from Phase 1. Phase 1 applications will be due in March 2015. Please note:
· The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events.
· All successful applicants will need to somehow tie their proposals to the eligible disaster from which they are recovering in some capacity, but can go beyond that disaster for future preparation.
For further information, please see the fact sheet, the summary of eligible applicants (both also attached in pdf form), and the links in the opening paragraph. In short, all states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013 are eligible to submit applications.
PNW Resilience Challenge: Reinventing our Cities
How is our surge in urban growth being met by innovations in energy systems, buildings, transportation, and social networks?
We are on the way to reinventing our regional cities and the panelists and participants will let you know what is being done and what the needs are to mobilize for resiliency. See http://pnwresilience.org/
You are invited to join The Pacific Northwest Resilience Challenge, an initiative aimed at accelerating the ability of our urban areas in the Puget Sound Region to respond to accelerated growth and disruptive events. A primary focus of the initiative is fostering cross-sector information exchange and collaborative action toward high priority goals.
This will be a high level panel event followed by the formation of action teams that will work through disruptive event scenarios. Which of those action team "life boats" will survive?
University of Washington Husky Union Building
4001 E. Stevens Way NE
Seattle, WA 98195
Cost: $115 (discounts for members)
Bonus link: a repository of resilience resources put together by the folks behind the Summit.
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