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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 3:
Design & Retrofit of Critical Infrastructure and Facilities (Hospitals, Highways & Other Structures)

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Moderator: Andre Filiatrault, University at Buffalo

Recorder: Gilberto Mosqueda, University at Buffalo

Simulation-Based Multi-Hazard Decision Support

Gary Dargush, University at Buffalo

System Performance under Multi-Hazards

Mircea Grigoriu, Cornell University

Multi-Hazard Resistant Highway Bridge Bent

Michel Bruneau, University at Buffalo

Effective Strategies for Improving the Disaster Resilience of Critical Nonstructural Components and Systems

Bob Bachman, R.E. Bachman, Consulting Structural Engineers

Consideration of Multi-Hazard Conditions as Applied to Infrastructures

Mohammed Ettouney, Weidlinger Associates, Inc.