Which Hazards Are in Your Backyard?
A Showcase of NSF-Funded Hazards Research
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Hart Senate Office Building 902
Open House Exhibitions: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Official Welcome: 10:45 AM
Luncheon Presentations: 12:00 PM
In Cooperation with the Congressional Hazards Caucus – Co-Chairs: Senators Mary Landrieu, Lisa Murkowski, and Ben Nelson and Representative Zoe Lofgren
Each year in the United States, natural and man-made disasters cause hundreds of deaths and cost billions of dollars by destroying homes and critical infrastructure as well as disrupting commerce. This event will showcase NSF-funded basic research in recognition of National Preparedness Month in September and in light of the recent East Coast earthquake and hurricane. Special guests include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senator Bill Nelson, and Members and staff representing the Congressional Hazards Caucus.
Interactive demonstrations will illustrate the power and potential of new tools that enable policymakers and response teams on the federal, state, and local levels to better predict, prepare for, mitigate and respond to hazards that affect human life and property.
More than 30 exhibits will demonstrate research on tornados, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanos, oil spills and hurricanes as well as the human response to these events.
Lunch will provided courtesy of the American Geophysical Union at noon on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please contact the NSF’s Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at 703-292-8070 for more information regarding the event.
Contributed by Wilson Bonner, AGI Government Affairs Staff.
Posted September 2, 2011
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