Now Listing 2,533 references of Peer-reviewed Research Articles in the English Language
Version 1.5 of the Disaster Information Reference Library (DIRL) is the first semi-annual update of this reference library. It has been published as of May 15, 2019. The library now contains 2,533 references of predominantly English-language, peer-reviewed work in the study domains of disaster information and information technologies and their uses in the context of disasters. This represents an increase over the previous version of 424 references, or 20.1%).
The DIRL is intended to become an indispensable tool for Disaster Information and Technology-interested scholars. In particular, reviewers of paper submissions may want to rely on this reference library.
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(CL) Hans Jochen Scholl
I had the great pleasure to appear as featured interview guest on the 30-minute Disaster Zone TV show in downtown Seattle. The show is hosted by Eric Holdeman, one of the nation’s most highly reputed experts on disaster response management. Holdeman is a former emergency manager himself who held managerial positions at Federal, State, and County levels. The show is produced by King County TV and watched by professional emergency responders around the nation. The recorded edition of the show will be on the air shortly and can already be watched on YouTube. (Video, 24:55)
Following the role model of the highly successful Digital Government Reference Library, now the first version of the Disaster Information Reference Library (DIRL) has been published. Initially the DIRL contains 2,109 references of peer-reviewed academic publications in the English language. The DIRL is scheduled to be updated semi-annually. More information is available here.
In recent years, the general public has developed a growing understanding of the fact that the Pacific Northwest might be severely affected by a range of serious disasters including potentially catastrophic incidents, for example, a rupture of tectonic plates along the Cascadia Subduction Zone resulting in an earthquake of magnitude 9 plus.
Professional responders in the area have fully engaged in planning and preparing, so to be able to cope with such an incident once it happens.
During this winter quarter the UW Information School is holding a series of one-hour invited talks featuring leading emergency and disaster managers of the Pacific Northwest. The formal presentation of some 40 minutes in duration will be followed by a question-and-answer session of about 20 minutes.
The speakers will address in particular challenges for responders in the context of “situational awareness” and “managerial coordination.” The speaker series will be open to the public.
The speaker series is part of the INFX 598 research seminar conducted by Prof. Hans J Scholl of the Universitry of Washington’s Information School.
Since space is limited, RSVPs are required. The speaker series is held at Seattle Campus in Smith Hall Room 102 on Fridays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.
Speakers Series Schedule
Friday, January 26, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
Requirements, skills, methods, and challenges when organizing and maintaining an agile and highly functional Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a metropolitan area, which is at major risk
Speaker: Laurel Nelson, Deputy Director, City of Seattle Office of Emergency Management
Friday, February 2, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
The Oso/SR530 landslide response of 2014 and the 2016 Cascadia Rising Exercise. Major lessons learned
Speaker: Jason Biermann, Snohomish County, Director of Emergency Management
Friday, February 9, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
The Oso/SR530 landslide response of 2014 and the Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise: Insights from the State Level: Managerial challenges in multi-level and multi-agency response management
Speaker: WA EMD–to be confirmed)
Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
WebEOC: Information technology for response management—experiences and challenges
Speaker: TJ McDonald, City of Seattle, Office of Emergency Management
Friday, February 23, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
Lessons learned from the 2014 Oso/SR530 landslide response, Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise, Hurricane Maria: The FEMA Region X perspective.
Speaker: Scott D. Zaffram, Federal Preparedness Coordinator, Director, National Preparedness Division––Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) – Region 10
Friday, March 2, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
Emergency and Disaster Response in the Pacific Northwest: Innovative uses of information technology
Speaker: Eric Holdeman, Eric Holdeman & Associates, Puyallup, WA
Friday, March 9, 2018, 1:30 to 2:30 pm (UW Smith Hall, Room 102)
The Cascadia Rising 2016 Exercise and the 2014 Oso/SR530 landslide response: The important role and contributions of the Washington National Guard (WANG)
Speakers: Lt.Col Clayton E. Braun and Lt.Col J. Ryan Price
For further information, please contact
Dr. Hans Jochen Scholl, MBA
University of Washington
The Information School
Mary Gates Hall, Suite 370D
Seattle, WA 98195-2840, USA
Phone: (206) 616-2543
Fax: (206) 616-3152