Lessons in Disaster Response from the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami

By Rachael Wolff Tsunami comes from the Japanese characters meaning harbor (津tsu) and wave (波nami). While earthquakes and their resulting tsunamis have been a part of Japanese life since at least the 13th century, the 2011 duo that rocked Japan was the largest ever recorded in the country and fourth largest in the world. Interviews with first responders reveal their challenges with mental health and … Continue reading Lessons in Disaster Response from the Tōhoku Earthquake and Tsunami

From the CPJ Archives: (Re)Shaping the Development Discussion – Connecting Elected Officials and Resilience Experts in Coastal Louisiana

This week we’re sharing an article that originally appeared in Volume 43 of the Carolina Planning Journal back in 2018. The theme of that edition was Planning for Uncertainty, which seems fitting in the midst of Presidential Election primary season! In this Volume, articles covered diverse topics from gentrification to education to explore the myriad ways in which risk and uncertainty are ever present in … Continue reading From the CPJ Archives: (Re)Shaping the Development Discussion – Connecting Elected Officials and Resilience Experts in Coastal Louisiana

Coming Soon: CPJ’s 45th Edition, “Hazards in the Southeastern US”

Given a costly and devastating year for natural disasters, particularly in the Southeastern US, how can planners prepare for natural hazards in the near and distant future? The topic is timely for North Carolinians following recent major hurricanes Florence and Dorian. Not to mention the national dialogue about the effects of climate change. The 45th edition of the Carolina Planning Journal, titled Hazards in the … Continue reading Coming Soon: CPJ’s 45th Edition, “Hazards in the Southeastern US”

“Envisioning Opportunity in the Face Of…”: 2019 APA-NC Conference

Earlier this year, a cohort of students (myself included) from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC skipped class in the middle of the week to go to the beach. However, it was for a good reason–the 2019 North Carolina Planning Conference. Every year, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) has a conference in a different city in the … Continue reading “Envisioning Opportunity in the Face Of…”: 2019 APA-NC Conference

Resilient Engineering in a Post-Harvey Houston: The SSPEED Annual Conference

Sitting in the comfortable conference room, enjoying a lovely 80 degree ‘cold front,’ one could easily forget that, just two weeks earlier, Houston had been hit with the fifth largest coastal storm ever to make landfall in the US. Though it hardly registered on national news, Tropical Storm Imelda brought record setting rain and flooding to large swaths of the city. Because Houston is one … Continue reading Resilient Engineering in a Post-Harvey Houston: The SSPEED Annual Conference

Building a Culture of Preparedness at the Annual Natural Hazards Workshop

“We don’t need to sacrifice the quality of our scholarship to have an impact, to make a change.” That quote, from University of Maryland Assistant Professor of Planning, Dr. Marccus Hendricks, sums up the take-home message from this year’s Natural Hazards Research and Applications Workshop: change isn’t easy, but it’s possible, and it’s up to us as researchers to help make it happen. The Hazards … Continue reading Building a Culture of Preparedness at the Annual Natural Hazards Workshop

Equity and Adaptation in a Changing Climate: The UNC Climate Change Resilience Symposium

“If you had a town of 50,000 burned to the ground and hundreds of people killed by terrorists, do you think we would have done something about it by now?” It’s a provocative question, one of many raised at last month’s Climate Resilience Symposium. The person asking the question was Brigadier General Stephen A. Cheney of the US Marine Corps, and, perhaps surprisingly, he was … Continue reading Equity and Adaptation in a Changing Climate: The UNC Climate Change Resilience Symposium