What Does Community Disaster Resilience Look Like

This is a question that guided my students and I in developing a fictional news site www.resilientkingcounty.org with fake stories about a 10 year anniversary of a future Seattle Fault earthquake. Students used information generated during workshops I designed and facilitated with King County Office of Emergency Management as part of their Resilient King County initiative. Participants of …

What is ResilScience?

I have the privilege of speaking at the 50th Anniversary celebration for the Disaster Research Center at University of Delaware. As part of this event, each speaker was asked to write a 1000 word thought piece that the disaster research community could read and comment on in person and on the DRC’s website. Although my paper is posted on their …

Power Restoration: What’s Fast Enough?

Have you ever had the power go out at your home or your place of work? I think everyone’s hands go up at this question. What’s the longest you’ve gone without power? You in the back: 13 days?! Wow. Personally, I’ve never gone more than a day. I’ve met the people who restore the power …

Rolling the Dice to Simulate Resilience

So far I’ve written one or more posts about representing community resilience conceptually (and many other posts), quantitatively (and this one), and visually (and). I haven’t talked about how one might go about algorithmically representing resilience—loss and bouncing back from that loss. None of those other representations allow you to pose “what if” questions and simulate the answers to them. How fast is …

SCIRTing the issue of Canterbury infrastructure recovery

I just returned from a trip to Canterbury, New Zealand as part of a project between the World Bank and EERI, which I mentioned here. The objective of the project is to research how and whether recovery after the February 2011 earthquake reflects the concept of “build back better.” In interviewing stakeholders, we were focused on the three most impacted sectors: …

Speak tweet to power

I am on a plane returning from New Jersey where I was attending a workshop hosted by the Kostas Institute. It was supposed to be a workshop to synthesize lessons on transportation resilience in light of Hurricane Sandy’s impact in New York and New Jersey. Many, if not most, conversations would actually turn to power systems–how …