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Members of a Community Planning Assistance Team (CPAT) from the American Planning Association visited Lyons, CO, in January to make initial plans for an assistance project. CPAT teams assist four or five communities around the country every year. Teams consist of a leader and a small team of subject matter experts who visit a town, meet with leaders, conduct community meetings, and assist them with a targeted issue.

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On April 28-29, 2014, The Carolinas Integrated Sciences and Assessments (CISA) will be hosting the Carolinas Climate Resilience Conference in Charlotte, NC. Practitioners, researchers, and staff from local, state, and federal agencies will be in attendance to share information. The conference will serve as a platform to share experience and knowledge of opportunities, tools, resources, […]

Annual Mtg

On January 13th and 14th, the Coastal Hazards Center hosted the 6th Annual All-Hands Meeting in Chapel Hill. Over the course of the meeting, CHC Principle Investigators gave presentations that detailed the progress made to date on their research, including final products and endusers. The success is evident as many of the projects wind down after six […]

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During the 6th Annual All-Hands Meeting of the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence, the Keynote speaker Tom Wilbanks, presented on “Enhancing Resilience to Surprises in Coastal Hazard Management.” Wilbanks, a Corporate Research Fellow at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been active for over three decades in international and national energy and environmental research and policy analysis. During his presentation, Wilbanks discussed how in coastal hazard management, “the only surprise would be if there are no surprises.”


CHC researchers Drs. Gavin Smith, John Whitehead, Nikhil Kaza, Jae Park, John Pine, Randy Kolar, and Dylan Sandler submitted a report to the Department of Homeland Security regarding a new method to assess risk reduction in a way that aggregates a set of dimensions needed to provide a more accurate and holistic accounting of risk […]


Gavin Smith of the University of North Carolina and the Executive Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Hazards Center for Excellence was recently interviewed on Vermont Public Radio about his policy recommendations for the state of Vermont in planning for natural disasters, as well as the impacts of climate change. Smith says […]


CHC researcher Don Resio is serving as co-chair on a WMO (World Meteorological Organization) committee to help with disaster planning in at-risk locations worldwide, including the Philippines. The goal of the committee is to help with the development and implementation of efficient forecasting and warning services, particularly in countries with high vulnerability and a low-capacity […]

Vermont Policy Memo

Vermont experienced major damage to roads, houses, businesses, and communities due to flood impacts from Tropical Storm Irene in 2011. Shortly after the flooding occurred, the State of Vermont requested assistance from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to help Vermont communities become more resilient to future flooding events [...]

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In response to the 2013 Colorado floods, the University of Colorado at Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning, is sponsoring a series of lectures entitled “Resilient Colorado”.  Executive Director of the CHC at UNC Gavin Smith will kick off this speaker series on Monday, November 11th, with a lecture on planning for post-disaster recovery.   […]

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CHC researchers Drs. Phil Berke, Gavin Smith, and David Salvesen have created a new website, designed to guide practitioners through the process of developing or updating a local hazard mitigation plan that will meet the requirements for approval by FEMA. Like the FEMA Handbook, the website is intended to be used by emergency managers, planners, […]

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