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Hazard Areas Definition and Risk Notification: Smart Growth and Hazard Mitigation

Hazard Areas Definition and Risk Notification: Smart Growth and Hazard Mitigation

This class describes how flood and earthquake hazard areas are mapped and how the maps can be used to notify the public about the nature and extent of risk. The first part of the class describes the current system of mapping flood and earthquake hazard areas or zones and some of the strengths and weaknesses of relying on maps to notify property owners, or potential property owners, about the presence of natural hazards. This is followed by a discussion of innovative mapping initiatives in some communities in the U.S. In the second part of the class, the possibility for introducing smart growth principles into relocation during the disaster recovery process is reviewed. Students take part in a discussion on a recovery initiative in Kinston, NC that seeks to achieve the goals of smart growth... Show More
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