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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 2:
Evaluation & Retrofit of Geographically Distributed Lifeline (Utility) Systems

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Co-Moderators: Thomas O'Rourke, Cornell University and Masanobu Shinozuka, University of California, Irvine

Recorder: Rachel Davidson, Cornell University

Rapidity and the Electric Power System: Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Ice Storms

Rachel Davidson, Cornell University

Linking Lifeline Systems and Community Resilience

Stephanie Chang, University of British Columbia

Disaster Resilience: A Demonstration for Highway Networks

Masanobu Shinozuka, University of California, Irvine

Using Multi-Hazard Resiliency Information for Capital Improvement Program Planning

Glenn Singley, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power

Can REDARS be Adapted to a Multi-Hazard Network Assessment Tool?

Ian Friedland, Federal Highway Administration