Past Event

Roundtable Workshop 28: Making Ends Meet: How Communities Can Use Risk Assessment Results

June 3, 2010

The World Bank, Main Complex
1818 H Street, NW Washington DC 20433

The "Making Ends Meet: How Communities Can Use Risk Assessment Results" session at the World Bank conference, Understanding Risk, was hosted by the Disasters Roundtable (DR) of the National Research Council of The National Academies.

This workshop posed the question: "How can 21st century technological innovations be used in the pre-disaster, during disaster, and post disaster phases?" In this session, the DR hosted an interactive discussion with panelists and approximately 50 participants that explored methods to satisfy the need to get information transmitted, received, and understood in ways that reduce risk to people and communities.

The 90-minute session was divided into four main segments:

1. brief opening statements from each of the invited panelists;
2. three 20-minute panel discussions on pre- during-, and post-event disaster phases, respectively;
3. ample time for questions, answers, and discussion among panelists and participants; and
4. creating an agenda for actions that can advance people, organizations, and communities to reduce their risk and be more resilient in all phases of disasters.

The session included four panelists:
Ana Lucia Hill, Disasters Manager, Mexico City, Mexico
David Ropeik, Journalist and Author, Concord, Massachusetts, U.S.
Timothy Tinker, Strategic and Technical Communicator, Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC, U.S.
Frantz Verella, Former Minister of Public Works, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
and facilitator:
Lauren Alexander Augustine, Director, Disasters Roundtable

Panelists and participants engaged in a conversation structured around four overarching questions in the three phases of disasters, pre, during, and post. The questions were posed and discussed in three 20-minute panel segments.

The questions were:

1. How do people behave when they receive risk information?
2. What is the role of social networking in communicating disaster risk information?
3. How do technological innovations in natural hazard risk assessment help reduce human suffering? and
4. How can technological innovations help communities use risk information and become more resilient?

View the Workshop's videos and presentations

Workshop Summaries Resulting from this Event

How Communities Can Use Risk Assessment Results: Making Ends Meet: A Summary of the June 3, 2010 Workshop of the Disasters Roundtable (2011)

During and after a disaster, text messages, tweets, Smartphone apps, and social networks, along with 24-hour cable news and other media, deliver relevant information to emergency responders, decision-makers, and the general public. Participants in the workshop "How Communities Can Use Risk Assessment Results: Making Ends Meet" identified ways to use these technologies to communicate the risk associated with an emergency or disaster event... More >>