Dear Partners, Friends, and
In his August 29, 2009 weekly
address on "Lessons
and Renewal Out of the Gulf Coast,"
President Obama noted that on this 4th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina's
devastation of the Gulf Coast,
"we must be prepared for future disasters and challenges."
Indeed, a recent report by Baylor College of Medicine and the American
Medical Association (Recommendations for Best Practices in the Management
of Elderly Disaster Victims) has computed that 74% of the approximately
1,200 people who died as a result of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans
were over 60 years old and 50% were over age 75.
People with disabilities are
equally at risk of utter neglect during and after disasters. According
to the United States' National Organization on Disability, 54 million
American children, women, and men who have disabilities are among the
most vulnerable in disasters.
Consequently, a major component
of our forthcoming July 2010 conference is an international student
essay competition on the topic of the event, Rebuilding sustainable
communities with the elderly and disabled people after disasters.
The aim of the contest is to persuade college and university students
to reflect on, and examine, the challenges that the elderly and the
disabled face during and after disasters in their own local and cultural
I invite you to spread the
Founding Director & Professor
|STUDENT COMPETITION DEADLINE: 11.1.2009|
|CRSCAD is sponsoring an international student essay competition on the topic of the conference, Rebuilding Sustainable Communities with the Elderly and Disabled People after Disasters. The aim of the contest is to persuade college and university students to examine the challenges that the elderly and the disabled face during and after disasters in their own cultural and local contexts.|
The 50 winning essays will be published as a CRSCAD monograph and the top 20 winners will be invited to participate in the conference and publicly honored. For further information please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conferences attended in
August & September, 2009
Professor Adenrele Awotona participated Regional Interagency Steering Committee (RISC)
in the following events:
Quarterly Conference, organized by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region 1, US Coast
Guard, Boston, September 17, 2009.