Spring Seminars Announced — Performance-Based Design, Hurricane Agnes, Threats to EMS providers, and radicalization to be discussed

On Tuesday, February 9 at 130, Dr. Ali Ashrafi, a Principal at Thornton Tomasetti, will discuss “Performance-Based Design and Its Implications for Firefighting and Building Safety.” Dr. Ashrafi is a rising star in the fire protection engineering community and is very active with many signature projects in New York and beyond.

On Tuesday, March 16, Prof. Timothy Kneeland will discuss his book, “Playing Politics with Natural Disaster: Hurricane Agnes, the 1972 Election, and the Origins of FEMA.” Kneeland’s book balances analysis of the disaster itself (Agnes was the most costly US disaster to date, with damage stretching from Florida to New York); Presidential politics, and an insightful look at the role of federal and State and local politicians and experts in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from unprecedented flooding in New York and Pennsylvania.

April and May will see talks on the changing threat environment for EMS and fire personnel in the wake of the George Floyd protests. This event will be co-sponsored with the International Association of EMS Chiefs.

We will also be partnering with the Center on Terrorism to discuss radicalization within emergency services, and the increasing politicization of governmental administration in the midst of the pandemic, and an era of more frequent and more severe disasters and emergencies.

You can sign up these events by registering here: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/christian-regenhard-center-for-emergency-response-studies-racers-7298910211

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