Natural Disaster Preparedness & Response – A Project for Italy

Italian visitors studying natural disaster preparedness and recovery visit Mount St. Helens during their program.

In October 2019, Meridian International Center welcomed a group of eight geoscientists, civil protection officers, and fire safety experts for the International Visitor Leadership Program, “Natural Disaster Preparedness and Response.”  The program focused on geological and natural disaster risk, including floods, earthquakes, wildfires, and volcanic eruptions.

The group began their program in San Francisco, California, where they met with seismology researchers and local government agencies that manage emergency events in the Bay Area. The group then traveled to Sacramento, California, to meet with state-level emergency managers, including the California Office of Emergency Services, where they visited the CalOES command center during the outbreak of wildfires. Further north they traveled to Paradise, California, to visit the site of the deadly Camp Fire the previous year.

In Portland, Oregon, the group met with experts at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Volcano Hazards Program, which monitors and studies active volcanoes around the world. Over the weekend the group took a short road trip to visit Mount St. Helens, site of the 1980 volcanic eruption.

The program ended in Washington, DC, with roundtable discussions from federal government agencies tasked with analyzing geological risk, communicating risk to the public, and responding in case of natural disasters.

Sponsors and Partners

U.S. Department of State
International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State
Global Ties San Francisco
Northern California World Trade Center

Project summary

Natural Disaster Preparedness & Response – A Project for Italy | November 2019
Number of Visitors: 8
Regions: Europe and Eurasia
Countries: Italy
Impact Areas: Energy and the Environment, Science and Technology
Program Areas: Global Leadership