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Forum On RISK MANAGEMENT AND ASSESSMENTS OF NATURAL HAZARDS “Toward a Safer America: Building Natural Hazard Resistant Communities Through Risk Management and Assessments” February 5 - 6, 2001. NEXT STEPS / ACTION PLAN. Mr. Samuel P. Williamson Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

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Forum On

RISK MANAGEMENT

AND

ASSESSMENTS OF

NATURAL HAZARDS

“Toward a Safer America: Building Natural Hazard Resistant Communities Through Risk Management and Assessments”

February 5 - 6, 2001

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NEXT STEPS / ACTION PLAN

Mr. Samuel P. Williamson

Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

Ms. Margaret Lawless

Chairperson of the Subcommittee for Natural Disaster Reduction (SNDR)

and

Acting Executive Associate Director for Mitigation, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

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OVERVIEW

  • TYPES OF HAZARDS
  • FORUM OBJECTIVES
  • OVERARCHING ISSUES
  • NEXT STEPS / ACTION PLAN
  • PRESENTATION AVAILABILITY
  • THANK YOU
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Thunderstorms and Lightning

Windstorms

TYPES OF HAZARDS

Natural Hazards

Tropical Cyclones

Tornadoes

Hailstorms

Severe Winterstorms

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Droughts

Floods

TYPES OF HAZARDS

Natural Hazards

Snow Avalanches

Landslides, Land Subsidence, and Expansive Soils

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Volcanoes

TYPES OF HAZARDS

Natural Hazards

Coastal Erosion

Earthquakes and Tsunami Events

Wildfires

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TYPES OF HAZARDS

Natural Hazards - Space Environmental Disturbaces

Electromagnetic

Radiation

EARTH

Electrically Charged

Particles

  • Sun continuously emits electromagnetic radiation and electrically charged particles
  • Solar activity (solar flares, etc.) can greatly enhance emitted energy
    • Interact with Earth’s magnetic field and near-earth atmosphere to create an adverse environment
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TYPES OF HAZARDS

Technological Hazards

Dam Failures

Nuclear Accidents

Fires

Hazardous Material Events

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FORUM OBJECTIVES

Overarching objectives are to:

  • Examine risk assessment processes / approaches that evolved from legislation or agency guidance
  • Review risk assessment research and its applications to manage / reduce natural hazards
    • Identify / characterize areas of vulnerability and exposure, probability of occurrence, consequences, and mitigation opportunities
    • Highlight efforts in developing national standards and capabilities for data monitoring, data collection, and model development
    • Examine methods to quantify and publicize the social and economic impacts of natural hazards
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FORUM OBJECTIVES

Overarching objectives are to:

  • Develop a consensus leading to coordinated risk assessment and management of natural hazards through:
    • Legislative proposals
    • Policy guidance
    • Agency cooperation
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OVERARCHING ISSUES

  • Consensus to proceed with national natural hazard assessment
    • Attack in “bite-size chunks”
    • Develop an action plan to proceed
    • Define roles / responsibilities of public / private entities
  • There is a need for:
    • Integrating efforts with Congressional Natural Hazards Caucus
    • Developing improved partnerships between users and developers
      • Publicize ongoing and planned research among all entities
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OVERARCHING ISSUES

  • There is a need for:
    • Standardization of terminology / language
    • Risk assessment methodology for all natural hazards
    • Compilation of available risk assessment tools / models and designating a clearinghouse for consistency of information
      • Leverage existing programs and entities / agencies
    • Improved public outreach, and education and training
      • Include all sectors of society
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PRESENTATION AVAILABILITY

Presentations and other material will be available on the OFCM web site shortly after the forum.

Click on “Special Projects” and navigate to the Risk Management / Assessment section.

http://www.ofcm.gov/

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SPECIAL RECOGNITION

Participants

Moderators / Panelist / Rapporteurs

Co-Sponsoring Partners - OFCM & CENR/SNDR

Forum Coordinators: Cynthia Nelson, Dr. Stuart Nishenko, Dr. Dave Cleaves

Hotel Washington

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THANK YOU!

Thank you for attending and participating in this forum!

On behalf of the Office of the Federal Coordinator for Meteorology and the Subcommittee on Natural Disaster Reduction...

Have a safe trip home...

And Thanks Again!

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COORDINATING INFRASTRUCTURE

Federal Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (FCMSSR)

Federal Coordinator for Meteorology

Interdepartmental Committee for Meteorological Services and Supporting Research (ICMSSR)

Program Councils

Standing Committees

National Space Weather Program

Environmental Services, Operations, and Research Needs

Operational Processing Centers

National Aviation Weather Program

Environmental Information Systems and Communications

Climate Monitoring and Services

Cooperative Research

Integrated Observing Systems