Later this week, more than 400 emergency managers, government officials and others will be in boulder for the 35th annual natural hazards workshop.
There won’t be a lack of topics at this year’s event. There will be workshops discussing January’s earthquake in Haiti, the Gulf oil spill and the ongoing climate change debate. Kathleen Tierney is a professor of sociology and director of the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She says natural disasters in the world, including Hurricane Katrina, are increasingly compounded by humans. Katrina because of man-made levees that failed and, “The earthquake in Haiti was not purely a natural disaster, but was a result of the fact that people built buildings that could no withstand hurricane forces,” says Tierney.
Such topics will be discussed at the workshop. Tierney says it’s a chance for researchers, policy makers, emergency managers and others to listen and learn from one another for future disaster preparedness. The workshop starts this weekend in Broomfield.
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