“Bolstering National and Global Resilience in the Face of 21st Century Mayhem” – WAC 3/31/2016 Event

In a partnership event on March 31st with Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Northeastern University Seattle campus, and Global Washington, attendees learned about national and international resilience to both natural and man-made threats.

The event started with NEU’s Dr. Stephen Flynn providing lessons learned from Hurricane Sandy to argue that communities should be prepared to handle such situations, and take steps both before, during, and after the natural disaster to build resilience to it. While the exact timing of natural disasters may be difficult to predict, we should understand the nature of the possible disasters and make preparations.

Additional topics of conversation included climate change and effective policy responses to natural disasters. Belstaff Top Handle Bags To help us better understand these areas, we listened to NEU’s Dr. Mai’a Davis Cross, Oxfam America’s Jonathan Scanlon, and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Ann Lesperance. It is interesting to note that in 1965 there were 50 natural disasters worldwide, and in 2005 there were 400. napapijri women’s ski doo jacket This makes the conversation on the best ways to empower the developing countries’ local populations in disaster preparedness especially relevant and important.

Northeastern University’s overview of the event is available here.