Volcano Risk Workshop 2017

Cascades Volcano Observatory
1300 S.E. Cardinal Ct
Vancouver, Washington
May 31st (9:00 am – 4:00pm)

FEMA Region X, and the UW Institute for Hazards Mitigation Planning and Research, with support from the USGS Volcano Hazards Program, are producing an updated assessment to help local stakeholders plan for and educate their communities about their risk of losses from volcanic eruptions and what can be done to mitigate that risk. Attendees will receive the latest volcanic hazards information from USGS Scientists and review information collected on local communities at risk. The UW team will integrate information contributed by participants into its final report to FEMA and will produce products useful to communities built near volcano. These will include volcano hazards and risk summaries for each volcano in the study. An index of and links to scientific papers and digital mapping data will also be produced. Contact Bill Steele (wsteele@uw.edu) for more details about the workshop.

Here is the link to the Preliminary Survey for Volcano Risk Assessment.

Workshop Format

The format will involve participants being assembled in risk-based subject area groups tasked to flesh out both appropriate volcano science and how the science of risk should be presented to the larger emergency management community.   These breakout groups will be assembled by risk including those associated with ash fall, lahars and landslides, pyroclastic flows, and community concerns.   Participants will rotate among these groups in a “world café” format, with the aim of both expanding the list of concerns, and reaching agreements were appropriate.  These groups will also identify gaps and research needs.

Expected Outcomes from the Workshop

  1. An Assessment of the state of the science
  2. Ranking/Comparative assessment of risks associated with the various volcanoes
  3. Identification of gaps and recommendations for future research and study
    needs (in general and specifically for each volcano)
  4. Recommendations for risk communication to experts and non-expert stakeholders
  5. Any other issues identified by the participants