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When the next disaster strikes, will our disaster resilience measure up?

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When the 1994 Northridge Earthquake shook Southern California, in just 15 seconds it claimed 57 lives, injured 9000 others, and left an estimated $20 billion in damage.

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When the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks hit our homeland, in less than two hours, nearly 3,000 perished, as government leaders and first responders came face to face with a new form of disaster.

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When Hurricane Katrina ripped through the Gulf Coast, in only a matter of days, it claimed perhaps as many as 1,300 lives, wreaked more than $75 billion in damage, and left an estimated economic impact of $200 billion, from which it could take 25 years to recover.

Our resilience against disasters is not only measured by how well we respond, repair and recapture whatís been lost, itís also measured by how well we strengthen, prepare and protect whatís already been put in place, before disaster strikes.

When the next disaster strikes, will our disaster resilience measure up? Only you Ö and time will tell.

Breakout 1:
Disaster Planning, Response and Recovery via Remote Sensing Technologies

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Moderator: Ron Eguchi, ImageCat, Inc.

Recorder: Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado at Boulder

Remote Sensing to Enhance Post-Disaster Resilience

Beverley Adams, ImageCat, Inc.

Monitoring and Modeling Multi-Hazards: An Integrated Geospatial Information Management

Chris Renschler, University at Buffalo

Enhancing Resilience Against Multiple Hazards using Innovative Spatial Data Architectures: A Modern View of the Relationship between GIS and Database Technology

Art Lembo, Cornell University

Emergency Management: Paradigm Shift Ahead

Ellis Stanley, Los Angeles Emergency Preparedness Department

Hazard Mitigation for Community Resilience

Rad Anderson, NYS Emergency Management Office