P!Npartners: UNC Hazards Center

P!Npartners: UNC Hazards Center
News from our partners at the Center for the Study of Natural Hazards & Disasters

Renowned disaster-recovery researcher Dr. Bruce Glavovic (Massey University, New Zealand) spent ten days with Hazards Center Exec. Director, Dr. Gavin Smith, last month. Dr. Glavovic is an expert on the importance of creating storm-safe communities. Drs. Smith and Glavovic began efforts to write a book about hazards, disasters and planning for climate change adaptation, among other project work.

Dr. Smith also met with Doug Hoell, Director of the North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, to discuss how hazards research can help both emergency management officials and residents in hazard-prone areas.

The Hazards Center is getting ready for its 2nd Annual Meeting and the publication of its Annual Report. Of the former, on February 17 – 18, approx. 50 of the Center’s Principal Investigators (PI) and Advisory Board members will meet in Chapel Hill to assess the Center’s work in 2009. The keynote speaker for this event is Univ. of Maryland Professor Gerry Galloway, one of the nation’s foremost flood management experts.