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 - December 2013
The 1988 Bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
On December 21, 1988, a bomb destroyed Pan American Airlines Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. Pan Am 103, en route from London’s Heathrow Airport to John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City, carried 259 passengers and crew. All 259 were killed, as were 11 people on the ground. Of those killed, 189 were Americans, which made the disaster the deadliest terrorist attack against the United States before the attacks of September 11, 2001.