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Implementing Mitigation at the State Level; Sustainable Hazard Mitigation Criteria

Implementing Mitigation at the State Level; Sustainable Hazard Mitigation Criteria

The first part of the class is a lecture on the public policy and political contexts in which state hazard mitigation plans are prepared and implemented. It draws on Birkland's concept of natural disasters as focusing events that place mitigation on the public agenda. It reviews the quality of state hazard mitigation plans prepared in the U.S. under the Stafford Act, in terms of "good" planning criteria and in terms of achieving long-term sustainability, including the challenges and obstacles faced by state hazard mitigation planners. The second part of the class is an exercise in which teams of students develop and propose a checklist of sustainability criteria to assess state hazard mitigation plans. Each team discusses and presents its assessment criteria in a Power Point presentation to... Show More
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