Mission

Mission Statement: The Institute is dedicated to exploring
ways to integrate hazards mitigation principles into a wide range of crisis,
disaster, and risk management opportunities. Its mission is to build a
resource center that will enhance risk reduction activities through research
and analysis of hazards, policies related to mitigation and through outreach
to the community. The Institute provides expertise in disaster preparedness,
response and recovery with a special emphasis on mitigation and planning
in the promotion of community sustainability.

The Institute is interdisciplinary in focus and structure, and the capabilities
of the Institute are enhanced by its close relationship with other academic
and research organizations. This incorporates collaboration with several
other disciplines within the University of Washington including:

Civil Engineering

Geology

Geography

Marine Affairs

Public Affairs

Public Health

Sociology

In addition, the Institute has developed partnerships with other organizations
so that a broad spectrum of risk reduction activities are available. These
organizations include:

Local, State and Federal governments

Other universities

Consulting firms

The College of Architecture and Urban Planning is currently launching
new areas of specialization in environmental planning, land use/infrastructure
planning and real estate development. Hazards mitigation is a track within
the environmental planning specialization. Courses and expertise are available
through the College and through distance learning programs.

Vision:

Disasters can be viewed as natural or man-made acts that are outside
human control.  However, reducing the resulting risks is within our
control.  We have the capability to understand the associated risks
and the obligation to mitigate their effects.

Please email Bob Freitag
with any
questions or comments.

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