Disaster Resilience
A National Imperative

Susan L. Cutter, Ph.D.
Director, Hazards Research Lab
Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography
University of South Carolina

January 23, 2013

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Related Web Resources:
Disaster Resilience: A National Imperative, National Academies Press
August 2012 Press Release
Disaster Resilience in America Website
Hazards and Vulnerability Research Institute

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3.5 star rating 24 Ratings Submitted

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"Appreciated the discussion of implementation possibilities."

"It is good that we are finally talking about a national goal which may be able to get the various agencies talking and working in one direction."

"I look forward to reading the review and looking at how this can be applied in our Canadian context."
Lise Anne Pierce
Canadian Red Cross

"Great Topic! And thanks for the frank comments about how politics and the economy has affected our resilency position."
LW Abel [K7LWA]

"These are only recommendations. There is nothing behind them to evoke the needed changes. I fully agree with the idea, but I see more work and money spent identifying this problem when these resources should be used making the change."

"Great overview of Resiliency Report.  PPD-8 is certainly a step in the right direction.  It will be interesting to see the increased focused on disaster resilient communities, especially as a result of Hurricane Sandy and the President's new agenda on Climate Change."
Broward County Emergency Management

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Dr. Susan Cutter is a Carolina Distinguished Professor of Geography at the University of South Carolina. She is also the Director of the Hazards Research Lab, a research and training center that integrates geographical information processing techniques with hazards analysis and management. She is the co-founding editor of an interdisciplinary journal, Environmental Hazards, published by Elsevier.

Dr. Cutter has been working in the risk and hazards fields for more than twenty-five years and is a nationally recognized scholar in this field. She has authored or edited eight books and more than 50 peer-reviewed articles. Her most recent book, American Hazardscapes, for the Joseph Henry Press/National Academy of Sciences, chronicles the increasing hazard vulnerability to natural disaster events in the United States during the last thirty years.

In 1999, Dr. Cutter was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a testimonial to her research accomplishments in the field. Her stature within the discipline of geography was recognized by her election as President of the Association of American Geographers in 1999-2000.

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