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Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis

Colorado State University 
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Fort Collins, CO 80523-1784 
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Community Lecture Series: How Youth Shine after Disaster

Can children and youth lead the way to recovery following catastrophic disasters?

Programs put in place with the help of Colorado State University sociologist Lori Peek suggest that not only are youth more than willing to roll up their sleeves and get to work following disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP/ Deepwater Horizon oil spill, they can make a substantial impact in the recovery process.

Peek, an associate professor in CSU’s Department of Sociology, will discuss her findings during the third installment of the President’s Community Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Lory Student Center Theater. Peek’s lecture is titled “Katrina to Colorado: How Children of Disaster Change Lives.”

Series is gift to Fort Collins

“Lori Peek is a highly respected sociologist, and this is an opportunity for the Fort Collins community to hear about her research and insights into the science of disaster recovery,” said CSU President Tony Frank. “This lecture series is an intimate opportunity for people here in CSU’s hometown to learn about some of the most important issues of our day directly from our researchers doing life-altering work both here and around the world.”

The public is invited to the lecture series, which began earlier this year as a gift from the university to Fort Collins to celebrate the city’s 150th birthday. Previous speakers were University Distinguished Professors Dr. Stephen Withrow, veterinarian and founder of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, and Dr. Diana Wall, a renowned soil ecologist and director of the School for Global Environmental Sustainability.

Children adapt, respond

“The children and youth of the Gulf Coast region have been exposed to more disasters over the past decade than any other group of young people in the United States,” said Peek. “In many ways, they have become experts at absorbing and adapting to the consequences of these extreme events.”

While the number of disasters they have endured has created many difficulties in their lives, Peek is quick to note that young people in disaster-affected communities “are not helpless. They are eager to assist other children and youth who have experienced disaster losses in other communities.”

Extensive post-disaster research

In addition to her work in the Gulf Coast region, Peek did significant research in post-9/11 New York and in Joplin, Mo., following a 2011 tornado. She recently led up the first-ever statewide assessment of child care centers in Colorado and their plans for disaster preparedness. She has published widely on vulnerable populations in disaster and is author of Behind the Backlash: Muslim Americans after 9/11, co-author of Children of Katrina, and co-editor of Displaced: Life in the Katrina Diaspora.

Peek helped initiate the SHOREline Project, a partnership between CSU’s Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Columbia’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, and the Children’s Health Fund, at six high schools in the Gulf Coast region. Students developed projects and performed community service in areas ravaged in recent years by the BP spill and Katrina. The “SHORE” in “SHOREline” stands for Skills, Hope, Opportunity, Recovery and Engagement. Peek is also the co-founder of another recovery and empowerment project called “Youth Creating Disaster Recovery.”

Lecture free; tickets required

Peek’s lecture will focus on some of her findings from various studies of children and youth in communities affected by disaster. She also will describe the SHOREline Project and her hopes to establish similar programs in Colorado high schools.

The lecture and reception following are free and open to the public, but attendees must reserve tickets by Sept. 24.

Full story available here

Somewhere in the world, a disaster occurs each day. Sometimes the impacts are felt locally, such as the recent wildfires near Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, Colorado, that destroyed 605 homes. Other times, the event reaches across state and national boundaries, such as Hurricane Sandy along the east coast, and the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Globally, the number of natural disasters has increased fourfold during the past three decades—from about 120 per year during the 1980s to roughly 500 per year now.  These disasters, which claim tens of thousands of lives each year, exert a disproportionate impact on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable individuals.

At the Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis (CDRA) at Colorado State University, we engage in interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach activities for the primary purpose of reducing human vulnerability to disasters and increasing individual and community capacity to prepare for and recover from hazard events.


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FEMA Childcare Workshop

Please join us on October 2, 2014 for the statewide summit on Colorado Childcare Centers and Disaster Preparedness. The event will be held at Colorado State University in the Lory Student Center, room 372-374.

 


 

SHOREline Project Overview

Please check out this video featuring Dr. David Abramson and Dr. Lori Peek, the co-founders and co-directors of SHOREline! Here they are describing the background and development of this post-disaster recovery and youth empowerment program.


SHOREline Recruitment Video

Are you a high school student during the 2013-2014 academic year? Do you see challenges in your community that young people could address if they had the chance? Would you like to make a difference and meet new people from across the Gulf Coast and beyond? If you answered "Yes!" and you attend one of the following five high schools in the Gulf Coast areas, get an application at www.shoreline.ncdp.columbia.edu today. Grand Isle School, LA; Benjamin Franklin High School, LA; South LaFourche High School, LA; Gulfport High School, MS; and Bryant High School, AL.


Youth Creating Disaster Recovery



Brett Blair is a master's student in intercultural and international communication at Royal Roads University. Through a compelling video piece, Brett showcases the work of SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship-funded colleague Robin Cox, who studies youth empowerment as part of disaster recovery. Emphasizing the research's model of participatory, creative engagement, Blair's video also explores the increasingly-vocal youth demographic and its impact on shaping disaster policy and practice.

http://www.sshrc-crsh.gc.ca/storytellers

Gulf Oil Spill Research Goes Mobile with AT&T

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August 23, 2012 - Following disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the Gulf Coast Oil Spill, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health deploys a field team to collect research on the health, social and economic impacts on people who live within disaster zones. Under an agreement with AT&T, the NCDP uses the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 on AT&T's network to conduct surveys in the field and instantly share feedback with their team in New York.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.ncdp.mailman.columbia.edu/

http://www.corp.att.com/edu/highered/

http://www.att.com/shop/wireless/devices/tablets.html

Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Dispersant Experiment

July 28, 2012 - The BP oil spill made international headlines two summers ago as images of stained beaches and oil-soaked pelicans portrayed what might have been the nation’s greatest ecological disaster.  Along with their massive PR efforts, British Petroleum had another method of keeping the spill from sinking their business – the chemical dispersant Corexit.  In the months following the spill, over two million gallons were sprayed and injected into the Gulf of Mexico and so began the great experiment…

After six months of filming in the Gulf in 2010, our first project, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Dispersant Experiment” draws from local residents, a variety of experts, and an in-depth lab experiment to exposes the truth about BP’s cleanup in the Gulf.

Please help share our piece as we aim to spread this truth and combat the multi-million dollar PR campaign that claims all is well.  As legal battles continue to play out, it is not too late to bring justice to the people of the Gulf.


NEED TO KNOW: Preserving memories after Sandy

The Brooklyn-based nonprofit "Care for Sandy" has emerged as one of the critical grassroots groups helping residents impacted by Hurricane Sandy save some of their most cherished memories. For more: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/

 

 

 


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CDRA Faculty Affiliate, Hussam Mamoud, Chosen as the Recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial



Please join us in congratulating Hussam Mamoud, who has just been informed by the Chairman of the Steel Market Development Institute Steel Bridge Task Force that he will be the recipient of the 2014 Robert J. Dexter Memorial, which is an extremely prestigious award given by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) Steel Market Development Institute Steel Bridge Task Force and the AASHTO Technical Committee for Structural Steel Design. The program was instituted in 2005 in memory of Robert Dexter, an internationally recognized expert on steel fracture and fatigue problems.

Hussam will be recognized at the upcoming meeting in Denver this August where he will be delivering the lecture.

Congratulations Hussam!