Hyde Lecturer: Robert Olshansky

Date: Time: 4:30 pm
Richards Hall Room: 15
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Abstract: Humankind has faced natural disasters since the beginning of civilization, and we will continue to do so for a long time. Disasters disrupt urban functions that support human lives and livelihoods. As a profession that seeks to improve the lives of urban residents, we should care about disasters. The past few decades have seen the rise of disaster mitigation—actions to reduce the effects of disasters before they occur—as national policy, and planners have played important roles in this. Most of the US population is now covered by a local hazard mitigation plan. Despite this, there is still much to do.

Furthermore, there are other ways to think about the disaster problem. Most of this presentation will focus on the significance of the post-disaster recovery process, both as an idea and as a policy framework. The effects of disasters extend over time, and improvements in the recovery process can lessen these effects. Furthermore, disaster recovery provides opportunities for urban improvement, including long-term mitigation for future disasters. Finally, thinking ahead of time about post-disaster recovery is an effective way to begin to talk about urban resilience.

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