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.
HVRI members are the lead authors on a new book on the impacts of Hurricane Katrina.
Hurricane Katrina and the Forgotten Coast of Mississippi focuses on the impacts of and recovery from Katrina in southern Mississippi, closely examing the existing conditions that affect recovery as well as the role of inequalities in the process.
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 - HURRICANE HUGO
On Spetmeber 9, 1989 Hurricane Hugo formed near the Cape Verde Islands. It moved accross the Atlantic getting as powerful as a Category 5
hurricane before hitting both the Carribean and South Carolina as a Category 4. Hurricane Hugo was responsible for 34 fataliites in the Caribbean as well
as 27 more fatalities in South Carolina. It left nearly 100,000 people homeless and resulted in around $10 billion U.S dollars. At the time it was
the costliest hurricane to hit the United States. Click the map to learn more