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Public Briefing on Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction

26 Sep 2008

The Grand Challenges for Disaster Reduction, a 10-year strategy produced by the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction was unveiled on Capitol Hill September 19. The Grand Challenges represent priority Federal science and technology investment needs to help the Nation reduce future loss of life and property as a result of disasters.

The briefing was co-sponsored by the Hazards Caucus Alliance, an informal network of organizations concerned about reducing the risk of hazards. SSA is an active participant in the Hazards Caucus.

Speakers included:

  • David Applegate, Senior Science Advisor for Earthquake & Geologic Hazards, U.S. Geological Survey, and Chair, Subcommittee on Disaster Reduction
  • Ken Graham, Meteorologist-in-Charge at the NOAA/National Weather Service New Orleans/Baton Rouge Office
  • Richard Lasko, Assistant Director, Fire and Aviation Management, U.S. Forest Service

Copies of the recently released implementation plans identifying priority science and technology activities for 14 hazards are available at:

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