Recent Announcements and Awards
The Integrated Research on Disaster Risk International Programme Office has designated the HVRI
as an International Centre of Excellence on Vulnerability and Resilience Metrics. The IRDR Centres of Excellence collectively embody an integrated approach to disaster risk reduction.
Kevin Ash and Ronnie Schumann have both been awarded DDRI Grants from the National Science Foundation! Check out Kevin's work on Mobile Home Residents and Tornadoes and Ronnie's work on Place Recovery on the Mississippi Coast
To conduct basic research on hazard vulnerability and resilience; train the
next generation of hazard scientists and practitioners; and through its outreach
efforts, assist in the improvement of emergency preparedness, planning, response,
and recovery at local, state, national, and international scales.
DISASTER OF THE MONTH - March 2014
The 1977 Tenerife Air Disaster
On March 27, 1977, the worst disaster in aviation history occurred at Tenerife North Airport on the island of Tenerife in the Canary Islands. The accident occurred when Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) Flight 4805, attempting to takeoff, slammed into Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Flight 1736, which was taxiing on the runway. KLM 4805 carried 238 passengers and 14 crew, while Pan Am 1736 carried 396 passengers and crew. Both aircraft were bringing vacationers to the Canaries, a popular tourist destination. The collision killed all on board the KLM flight and 335 on Pan Am 1736. The 583 deaths are the most to ever occur in an aviation disaster.