Past Event

Roundtable Workshop 24: Cascading Disasters: How Disasters Unfold

February 26, 2009

Location: The Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way Irvine CA 92612

The objectives of this workshop were to identify:

A framework that describes how disasters cascade
The interacting effects of disasters on people and the built environment
Interventions or strategies to prepare for, mitigate against, or respond to cascading disasters

William H. Hooke, American Meteorological Society and Chair, Disasters Roundtable

Stephanie Chang, Centre for Human Settlements, University of British Columbia
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PANEL I: Triggers of Unfolding Disasters
Moderator: Dennis Wenger, National Science Foundation

Natural Triggers: Earthquakes, Hurricanes, Floods, and Fire
Lucille Jones, U.S. Geological Survey Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project for Southern California
Willful Disasters: Human Acts of Terrorism
William Waugh, Georgia State University
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Technological Disasters
Reginald DesRoches, Georgia Tech, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
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Economic Impacts of Disasters
Adam Rose, University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning, and Development
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PANEL DISCUSSION II: Cascading Disasters: People, Infrastructure and Environments
Moderator: Darlene Sparks Washington, DSW Consulting

How Lifeline Systems connect to Socio-economic Impacts of Disasters
Masanobu Shinozuka, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine
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Built Environment and "Hard" Critical Infrastructure Cascades: Intradependence, Interdependence, and Socio-technical Coupling
Leonardo Duenas-Osorio, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University
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Ground Zero Personnel, Impacted Populations, and Emergent Networks: "Soft" Infrastructure during Disasters
Carter Butts, Department of Sociology, University of California - Irvine
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Interaction between Elements of Community Capital during Disasters
Scott Miles, Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University
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PANEL DISCUSSION III: Interventions and Strategies for Cascading Disasters
Moderator: Jack Harrald, Virginia Tech

Preparing for Disasters: Ways to Mitigate or Prevent the Cascade
Eric Holdeman, ICF International
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The Role of IT Communication in Improving Communication and Mitigating the Effects of Cascading Disasters
Michael Byrne, ICF International
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The Role of Recovery Strategies
Sandi Fowler, Assistant to City Manager, Cedar Rapids, IA
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Ways to Achieve Sustainability in Recovery Strategies
Gavin Smith, Center for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Ellis Stanley, Dewberry
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FINAL REMARKS and Adjournment
William H. Hooke, Chair, Disasters Roundtable Committee