• 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 …

  • Measuring state-level policy activity for earthquake resilience

    An article I co-authored recently came out on the topic of activity and coverage of state-level policies to improve earthquake resilience (mitigation was emphasized). The study catalogued “all” of the state-level legislation and executive orders either directly relevant to seismic risk reduction or clearly related. For the most part, these were determined by reference in …

  • The starkness of Christchurch’s residential red zone

    I was recently  in Christchurch as part of a National Science Foundation project, as well as to speak at the People in Disasters Conference and attend the 5th anniversary memorial service of the February 22nd, 2011 earthquake. I rented a car for the weekend to drive and walk around the residential red zone at my …

  • A case study of Louisiana’s resilience to Hurricane Isaac power outages

    The first journal article from our NSF RAPID research project on the socio-technical resilience of Louisiana to the Hurricane Isaac power outage and restoration, which was described in this post, has come out in ASCE’s Journal of Infrastructure Systems. You can grab the article here.