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Resilience Institute Research

Our research efforts are aimed at (a) facilitating greater disaster risk awareness and reduction and (b) supporting participatory planning processes in emergency planning in Washington State, the Northwest region, and beyond as a strategy for building community resilience.

Institute Research

  • Whatcom Preparedness: We are working with the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County Sheriff's Office to survey residents to understand their risk awareness, preparedness and community resilience every year. 
  • ShakeOut: The Great Southern California ShakeOut is a week of special events featuring the largest earthquake drill in U.S. history, organized to inspire Southern Californians to get ready for big earthquakes, and to prevent disasters from becoming catastrophes.
  • Farm Resilience:The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded the Huxley College of the Environment’s Resilience Institute a two-year grant to study small farm resilience when faced with extreme events and rapid changes. 
  • GuatemalaOxfam, a large international humanitarian aid organization, invited The Resilience Institute to work with their Guatemala office to develop a framework for urban disaster risk reduction. Their goal is to use disaster risk reduction as a tool for robust social, political, and economic community development in Guatemala’s vulnerable squatter settlements.
  • Student Work: Students in Hazard Mitigation Planning, a course at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, explore mitigation planning across the United States. Also, students in Disaster Risk Reduction Planning studio, a course taught at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, explored strategies for improving disaster preparedness and community-based disaster recovery in Haiti.

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