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MCEER Bulletin, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2007

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Multihazard Risk Profile for New York State

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Students in the Multi-Hazard Comparison Planning Studio taught by Ernest Sternberg, Professor, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University at Buffalo (UB), presented preliminary findings of a multihazard risk profile at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany, NY on December 11, 2006. Over 40 people attended the event, including officials from state agencies such as Homeland Security, the State Emergency Management Office/Hazard Mitigation, and the Department of Health/Hazardous Substance Materials Surveillance.

The students discussed the catastrophic potential of sea surges, terrorist attacks and the outbreak of a pandemic flu for New York State, alongside the continual threats of technological failures and other severe weather events. This research was conducted as an MCEER educational activity. The research was collected, compiled and presented by Lindsay Allen, Melissa Fratello, Julie Gotham, Hao Huang, Elea Mihou, Jody Pollot, Pavan Yadav and Carol Yamarino, all graduate students in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at UB. A presentation was also given at UB on December 6, 2006.