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Multiple Hazards and Extreme Events are Focus of MCEER Annual Meeting

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MCEER researchers have already put their earthquake engineering expertise to work to study the impacts of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, the 2004 Asian Tsunami, and Hurricanes Charlie, Katrina and Rita. Now, their hope is to further these growing capabilities in order to improve our nation’s resilience to multiple hazards and other extreme events.

Under the theme of “Meeting Our Nation’s Needs … Improving Homeland Resilience,” MCEER’s 2006 Annual Meeting will reach out to the federal government, to engage agency decision makers about national needs involving multiple hazards (earthquakes, hurricanes, etc.) and extreme events, including threats to the American homeland.

The meeting will be held June 29-30, in Arlington, VA at the Crystal City Marriott at Reagan National Airport.

“In broadening its mission, MCEER hopes to leverage its years of earthquake hazards and engineering expertise to advance ‘homeland resilience’ strategies for multiple hazards and extreme events that include threats of nature, technology, and terrorism,” said Michel Bruneau, MCEER’s director.

MCEER’s Annual Meeting traditionally convenes center researchers, students and partners in business, industry and government, to review research progress of the past year and set research milestones for the year ahead. This year’s meeting will also feature a Multi-Hazards & Homeland Resilience Forum on Thursday, June 29.

The Forum invites participation from federal agencies and the practicing community of architects, engineers, planners, owners, emergency managers, policy makers, and public officials throughout the United States, to provide insights on issues of critical concern. The purpose is to more fully engage these critical stakeholders up-front, in a process that will shape and develop solutions to attain greater homeland resilience from a variety of hazards.

A luncheon presentation on June 29 will focus attention on Hurricane Katrina. Within days of the disaster, MCEER dispatched reconnaissance teams to the Gulf Coast, to quickly investigate damage from the disaster. As part of their assignment, field investigators filed real-time reports, which were posted daily on the MCEER website.

For more information about MCEER’s 2006 Annual Meeting, contact at (716) 645-5151

The Bulletin is a free publication offering articles on Center research, cooperative ventures, reports from conferences, educational activities, upcoming events, and reviews of new MCEER publications Spring 2006

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