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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.

Day 1: Enhancing Resilience against Multiple Hazards

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Morning Plenary Session

MCEER: A Paradigm for Decision Support to Improve Multiple Hazards Resilience

Michel Bruneau, MCEER Director

Resilience: Defining and Measuring What Matters

Michel Bruneau & Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado at Boulder

Using Remote Sensing Technologies to Improve Resilience

Ronald Eguchi, ImageCat, Inc.

Resilience of Geographically Distributed Lifeline Systems

Thomas O'Rouke, Cornell University

Resilience of Critical Infrastructure and Facilities (Hospitals, Highways & other Structures)

Michel Bruneau


MCEER's Post-Hurricane Katrina Reconnaissance Investigations

Gilberto Mosqueda, University at Buffalo

Lucy Arendt, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Ryan Shannon, Tulane University

Afternoon Plenary

Closure / Summary / Next Steps

Michel Bruneau, MCEER

Annual Meeting Banquet

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program

John (Jack) R. Hayes Jr., Director, National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, NIST