In the process of articulating its expanded multi-hazard vision, MCEER’s Executive Committee developed a White Paper volunteering perspectives that should be considered in the formulation of a national research strategy for disaster loss reduction. The white paper is a commentary on the Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction report, published by the Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction (SDR) of the National Science and Technology Council Committee on Environment and Natural Resources.
MCEER advocated that a critical part of this research effort should focus on the mitigation of, and response to, the impact of extreme events on critical facilities and lifelines. The failure of these key infrastructure systems is the cause of most of the disruption during and following disasters. In this context, national needs require that solutions be integrated across various hazards. However, the objective to achieve a synergy of solutions across the continuum of hazards is something that has just barely begun to be exploited or even investigated. The White Paper develops in detail a series of recommended research initiatives that should be undertaken in a multi-hazard perspective.