We the Peoples: Three Proposals for a More Democratic UN Webinar, May 20

Gwangju Democracy Forum

Thursday 20 May 2021

18h00 KST / 9:00am UTC / 5:00am EDT

Moderated by Anselmo Lee, Regional Coordinator for the Asia Civil Society Partnership for Sustainable Development and Adviser to the May 18 Memorial Foundation, the program for this event also includes:

  • An introduction to the UN75 process and the “We the Peoples” campaign and statement by Yasmina Gourchane from C4UN and Andreas Bummel from Democracy Without Borders
  • Thematic presentations by
  • Takehiko Uemura, on the nature of the global democratic deficit
  • Ivone Soares, on the proposal of a UN Parliamentary Assembly
  • Caroline Vernaillen, on the proposal of a UN World Citizens’ Initiative
  • Rianna Nayee, on the proposal of a UN Civil Society Envoy
  • And remarks by Charles Santiago, Member of Parliament in Malaysia and Chair, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, and Hyung-sik Shin, Adjunct Professor, Pukyong National University and Senior Advisor, Asia Democracy Network

Register at: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIvcO6orDkjH9JtWgiZlnY852PWjdh8wEPh?_x_zm_rtaid=vJDOFf8oRZ-XwzztfQXEQw.1620320745664.0598a26e46898d99a91450bec29e3f84&_x_zm_rhtaid=300

Social Science Virtual Symposium, May 20

Join us for the May 20th Social Science Symposium, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Pacific. This symposium will showcase our social science on behalf of the ShakeAlert system. You can expect an email with more information in the near future. For any questions or concerns, please contact Sara McBride at skmcbride@usgs.gov or Mariah Jenkins at mrjenkins@contractor.usgs.gov. After you register, you will receive an email confirmation, including the ZOOM link to the Symposium and the full schedule.

Keynotes by: Dr. David Applegate, Associate Director for Natural Hazards Exercising the Delegated Authority of the Director at the U.S. Geological Survey and Forrest Lanning, Earthquake Response Liaison for FEMA Region 9.

This symposium showcases the research of Social Science Working Group members: Professor Ann Bostrom (University of Washington), Professor Jeannette Sutton (SUNY – Albany), Professor Lori Peek (Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder), Dr. Jennifer Tobin (Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder), Dr. Nnenia Campbell (Natural Hazards Center, University of Colorado Boulder), Professor Dare Baldwin (University of Oregon), Professor Hollie Smith (University of Oregon), Professor Michele Wood (Cal State-Fullerton), Mariah Jenkins (USGS), Dr. Julia Becker (Massey University, New Zealand), Dr. Beth Reddy (Colorado School of Mines), and more!

Agenda: https://drive.google.com/file/d/16xLXGYRtiHK_zyq6CGEQhnBDqnjpzPXi/view?usp=sharing
PDF Invite: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RdB3Z2OU11mGZIaCI4Jzq1muvFxV-1mW/view

Evaluating Rural Pacific Northwest Towns for Wildfire Evacuation Vulnerability Webinar, May 12

1-2pm EST

Wildfire is an annual threat for many rural communities in the Pacific Northwest. In some severe events, evacuation is one potential course of action to gain safety from an advancing wildfire. Since most evacuations occur in a personal vehicle along the surrounding road network, the quality of this network is a critical component of a community’s vulnerability to wildfire. This webinar details a regional-scale screening of wildfire evacuation vulnerability that was completed for 696 Oregon and Washington rural towns.

Register at: https://oregonstate.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_2yIbOylcS6eSxL7BLLnwKQ

On the Ground: Humanitarians in Action Facebook Live, May 5

10-11am EST

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is showing the first episode of their mini-series, ‘On the ground; Humanitarians in action’, in partnership with Land Rover. This series captures their work on the ground as part of the world’s largest humanitarian network.

Join them for this special live event with exclusive previews and a live Q&A, along with the premiere of Episode 1 at: https://www.facebook.com/IFRC/posts/10159190627064280

Homeland Security Grant Program Stakeholders Listening Conference Call, May 6

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Mayorkas is committed to fostering meaningful dialogue with Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP) stakeholders to ensure the program remains relevant and effective in addressing the Nation’s current threat environment. As a part of that effort, the FEMA Grant Programs Directorate (GPD) is engaging with a variety of homeland security stakeholders and organizations to solicit feedback that can help inform FEMA’s recommendations in developing the HSGP program framework, priorities, and policies for Fiscal Year 2022. GPD will be hosting a listening session for national association leadership and members, including IAEM, with HSGP interests on May 6, 2021, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT. During the Listening Session, FEMA will review and collect feedback from attendees on grant policy and the national priority areas; risk methodology; technical assistance; process and complexity; and communication and customer service. To participate, join via Adobe Connect.

April is National Supply Chain Integrity Month

In partnership with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of Defense, and other government and industry partners, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is promoting a call to action for a unified effort by organizations across the country to strengthen global supply chains.

Information and communications technology (ICT) products and services ensure the continued operation and functionality of U.S. critical infrastructure. However, recent software compromises and other events have shown the far-reaching consequences of these threats. When a supply chain incident occurs, everyone suffers: buyers, suppliers, and users.

As the Nation’s risk advisor, CISA’s top priorities include securing the global ICT supply chain from the evolving risks of tomorrow. Every week, CISA is promoting resources, tools, and information, including those developed by the public-private ICT SCRM Task Force.

CISA themes for each week include:

Learn more on CISA’s National Supply Chain Integrity Month webpage.

Private Sector Engagement and Risk Science: Take This Survey from ISC/UNDRR

Esteemed colleagues,

We need your help with a short survey for an important disaster risk reduction research project.

A co-sponsorship with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) and the International Science Council (ISC), the Integrated Research on Disaster Risk (IRDR) program is a global effort to coordinate research on disaster risk issues. DRI is a core group member of the IRDR for the Global DRR Research Agenda 2020 supporting this project. 

The existing Science Plan guiding the program is at the end of its life, and a new Risk Science Agenda is under development — and the input of resilience professionals like you can help!

Engaging widely with private sector interests is critical for ensuring that risk science undertaken over the next decade supports business needs better, and takes into account the ways that risk is already being managed across the wide range of industries and business areas. The new agenda will guide risk science towards better meeting the issues we are all confronting globally in a rapid transforming risk landscape. 

Click here to take part in the short survey. Your views and opinions will help shape both the development and implementation of the new agenda. 

Learn more from our blog post.


Chloe Demrovsky

President & CEO

DRI International

FEMA publishes home safe room design plans

FEMA released the fifth edition of FEMA P-320 (2021), “Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building or Installing a Safe Room for Your Home.” This edition updates and refines criteria for how to design and construct a safe room for a one- or two-family dwelling that provides near-absolute protection from wind and wind-borne debris for occupants. Updates from the International Code Council, the National Storm Shelter Association, and the “ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters,” (ICC 500) are included in this fifth edition. Prescriptive safe room designs that meet FEMA criteria for one- and two-family dwellings are also included as a part of this publication for multiple material options. The FEMA P-320 resource along with its design plans, can be downloaded from FEMA’s Safe Room Resources webpage.

IAEM Awards Programs seeks nominations to recognize student and chapter advisor efforts achievements

The IAEM Awards Program understands the important role that students play in furthering the profession and annually offers four Student Awards — two IAEM-Global Student Awards, and two IAEM-USA Student Awards. This past year has been incredibly difficult, and students have felt the struggle as much as anyone, but there are a number of students who have worked to rise above these difficult circumstances to help not only the profession, but their universities and fellow students as well. They have volunteered, interned, and promoted IAEM to fellow students, all while working through their studies during a pandemic. IAEM wants you to nominate those hard-working students who deserve to be recognized for their perseverance and hard work. Additionally, IAEM understands that there is a great deal of support that goes into helping these students navigate their way through these barriers. IAEM recognizes these efforts with the IAEM Chapter Advisor of the Year Award and the IAEM Student Ally of the Year Award. Read more about the nomination criteria here and nominate a deserving student, advisor, or student ally by May 31, 2021.