Human Centered Design & Engineering

September 8, 2017

CoSSaR Seminar Series: Creating a Culture of Disaster Preparedness

Please join the UW Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety & Regional Resilience (CoSSaR) for the first lecture in the 2017–2018 CoSSaR Seminar Series.

Creating a Culture of Disaster Preparedness

Kathleen Tierney

Emeritus professor at University of Colorado Boulder; former director of the Natural Hazards Center

Monday, September 18, 2017
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Gould Hall Room 322

Dr. Tierney will facilitate a discussion about how to build a more effective culture of preparedness in the Puget Sound region. She will talk about different social and cultural perspectives of natural hazard risk across the U.S. Dr. Tierney will describe how these perspectives shape our responses to extreme hazard events, such as a future Cascadia or Seattle Fault earthquake, and how these perspectives can be more appropriately balanced.

About the Speaker
Kathleen Tierney (Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1979) is Professor of Sociology at University of Colorado Boulder and was Director of the Natural Hazards Center from 2003 to 2016. During her career, she has studied a wide range of disasters, including earthquakes in the U. S., Japan, and Haiti; major hurricanes such as Hugo, Andrew, and Katrina; various technological disasters, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, in New York City. Her published work spans many topics, including hazard risk perceptions, disaster warnings, organizational responses to disasters, disaster recovery, social vulnerability to disasters, and the political economy of disasters. In total, Dr. Tierney has authored or co-authored nearly 200 books, book chapters, journal articles, technical reports, and conference papers. This includes her most recent book Social Foundations of Risk and Resilience. She is also the senior author of Facing the Unexpected: Emergency Preparedness and Response in the United States and co-editor of the book Emergency Management: Principles and Practice for Local Government.

This event is free and open to the public.