local governments create safer, more resilient communities
University Of Virginia To Host Hazard Mitigation Summit
June 15, 2004 --
When: June 16 to 18
Where: Newcomb Hall
are something for which you can prepare.
School of Architecture’s
Department of Urban and Environmental Planning, in cooperation
with the Virginia Emergency Management
Office and Virginia Commonwealth University, will host the Virginia
Hazard Mitigation Summit: Planning for Disaster Resilient Communities,
from June 16 to 18 in Newcomb Hall, at the University of Virginia.
an effort to help local governments … create safer and
more resilient places,” said Timothy Beatley, the Teresa Heinz Professor
of Sustainable Communities at the School of Architecture. “Mitigation
is the long-term reduction of hazard.”
from communities around the state will convene in Charlottesville
to learn from each other
about preparing for and preventing disasters, avoiding
loss of life and excessive costs, and how to recover quicker. The summit
will also help communities to fulfill hazard mitigation requirements under
summit will be an opportunity for local and regional government
officials to relate stories of what they are doing,” said
state people are here more as experts in certain fields.”
summit will concentrate on natural disasters, such as floods,
wildfires, as separate from homeland security situations.
discussion topics will include hazard mitigation success stories,
assessment methods, building for high wind events, winter storms
hurricanes, community outreach, open space protection, engaging business
in the process, drought assessment, dam safety, tornados, shelter
and evacuation plans,
floods, wildfire assessment, citizen involvement and overcoming local
obstacles to planning.
keynote speaker will be John W. Marshall, Commonwealth of Virginia
Secretary of Public Safety, who will
talk about creating resilient
Lipkis, president and founder of TreePeople, a Los Angeles-based
organization that focuses on tree-planting as a way of
improving the environment, who will
speak on funding green resilient communities, and
Dukes, of the U.Va. Institute for Environmental Negotiation,
speak on engaging the public in the mitigation process.
conference is aimed at local government officials to share experiences,” said
Beatley. “Those that are further along will
share information that can help others.”
more information on the summit and a schedule of
events, access:http://www.arch.virginia.edu:16080/hm_summit/ or
call (434) 924-6457.
Tim Beatley, (434) 924-6457