• 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 …

  • Data practices for measuring and monitoring recovery after the 2010-2011 Canterbury earthquake sequence

    This report presents a case study that is a part of a larger Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) effort called “Seismic Observatory for Community Resilience – A Program to Learn from Earthquakes” funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation under award number 1235573. The project builds on the multi-decade and multi-disciplinary EERI Learning From Earthquakes …

  • Human Centered (Re-)Design of HAZUS-MH for Community Resilience

    Last year I joined University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. A new research center was started a little before that called Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety and Regional Resilience. The gist of the mission of CoSSaR is that community resilience requires putting people and communities first in helping them …