• What is seismic culture?

    Lately I’ve been thinking about the idea of “seismic culture”, particularly in the PNW of the US. What does seismic culture mean to you? Here’s my definition: Seismic culture is the accumulation of mutual understandings of seismic risk that have become embedded within a region. It encompasses shared activities, attitudes, behaviors, perceptions, artifacts and documentation …

  • How to improve community disaster resilience through pre-event long-term recovery planning

    Thought I’d share my fifteen guidelines for creating pre-event long-term recovery plans/frameworks based on past work I’ve done with local jurisdictions and reviewing plans from other jurisdictions. To me, pre-event long-term recovery planning (PELTRP?!) is a big blindspot for most state and local jurisdictions. Honestly I think PELTRP should be the keystone for all other …

  • Prototyping crisis communications resilience solutions

    Another year at UW HCDE, another great collaboration with a masters capstone group. Last year the students I worked with, did user research and prototyping to improve FEMA’s HAZUS loss estimation software. This year the capstone group was interested in developing solutions to help residents of a hazard-stricken area to be able to communicate with each other …

  • Mixed-methods simulation model development

    Here’s a video of short talk I gave at the 2017 American Meteorological Society Meeting in Seattle about how both qualitative and quantitative methods can be used to design, calibrate, and evaluation simulation models. I spent a good amount of time talking about applications to disaster recovery and resilience. video link