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Reducing the Risks of Natural Hazards: A Program for the Future

USGS Customer Listening Session

November 3, 2004

Final Report


Appendix 1 | Appendix 2 | Appendix 3

Appendix 1

List of Attendees at the USGS Customer Listening Session
November 3, 2004
Washington, D.C.

Non-Government OrganizationsParticipant
American Farm Bureau FederationRichard Krause
American Geological InstituteEmily Lehr Wallace
American Geophysical UnionPete Folger
American Institute of Biological SciencesRobert Gropp
Kirsten Feifel
American Planning AssociationBill Klein
American Society of Civil EngineersBrian Pallasch
Association of American State GeologistsEmery Cleaves
American Meteorological SocietyBill Hooke
Association of Metropolitan Planning OrganizationsDebbie Singer
Association of Public Health LaboratoriesJennifer N. Liebreich
Michael Wichman
Lauren DiSano
Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control AdministratorsNathan Stokes
Association of State Floodplain ManagersMeredith Inderfurth
Building Seismic Safety CouncilJoseph D. Steller
California Institute of TechnologyBridget Glynn
Civil Engineering Research FoundationAmar A. Chaker
Coastal States OrganizationJena Carter
CropLife AmericaThomas Gilding
DigitalGlobeDawn Sienicki
Ecological Society of AmericaClifford Duke
Laura Lipps
Geological Society of AmericaJack Hess
Industrial Minerals AssociationMark Ellis
International Association of Fish & Wildlife AgenciesEric C. Schwaab
Incorporated Research Institutions for SeismologyGayle Levy
National Biological Information Infrastructure CoalitionJack Hill
National Council for Science and the EnvironmentCraig M. Schiffries
Jeremy Katzen
National Emergency Management AssociationHillary Weimer
National Institute of Building SciencesJoseph D. Steller
National Institutes for Water ResourcesAllen P. Davis
Jan Schoonmaker
Northeast-Midwest InstituteDan Wrinn
Seismological Society of AmericaSusan Newman
Tom Reed
Elizabeth Duffy
Space ImagingChris Hill
SPOT IMAGEClark Nelson
Terra Image USAMike Hopkins
Ryan Johnson
University of Southern CaliforniaJake Haselswerdt
Joel Widder
Other Federal Agencies
Federal Emergency Management AgencyElizabeth Lemersal
Ugo Morelli (retired)
National Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyMonica Gaughan
NOAA/National Weather ServicePedro Restrepo
Tom Donaldson
Office of Science and Technology PolicyGene Whitney
U.S. Army Corp of EngineersStuart Davis
Ronn Brock
U.S. Department of Agriculture, CSREES Natural Resources & EnvironmentKelsi Bracmort
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the SecretaryJohn Mahoney
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and ScienceOlivia Ferriter
U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife ServiceDan Ashe
Jason Goldberg
U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park ServiceLindsay McClelland
Carol Disalvo
U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of Surface MiningDoug Growitz

USGS Attendees
Chip Groat
Bob Doyle
Karen Siderelis
Pat Leahy
Bob Hirsch
Barb Ryan
Sue Haseltine
Carol Aten
Carla Burzyk
Barbara Wainman
Amy Holley
Charlene Raphael
Matt Larsen
Kevin Gallagher
Sharon Gross
Stan Coloff
Doug Muchoney
Len Gaydos
Glenn Patterson
Martha Kiger
Suzanne Weedman
Stan Ponce
Linda Gunderson
Tim Cohn
Joanne Taylor
Peter Lyttle
Jim Quick
Rick Kearney
Andrea Alpine
Greg Snyder
Robert C. Worres

Appendix 2

Reducing the Risks of Natural Hazards: A Program for the Future
USGS Customer Listening Session
November 3, 2004

American Institute of Architects Building
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Framing Document
As your host for the November 3, 2004, USGS listening session, let me share our expectations and hoped-for outcomes:

Setting the Stage--As the USGS continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary of providing science for America, we want to build on previous listening sessions, review core science programs, and, in a new thrust for this session, invite input as we shape a program initiative that impacts the public health and safety of our communities -- the professional communities in which we work and interact and the personal communities in which we live -- reducing the risks of natural hazards. Within the last few months alone, the Nation has experienced four devastating hurricanes and floods, a moderate but significant earthquake in California, and the reawakening of Mount St. Helens. Were these not sufficient wake up calls to the need for science, wildfires continue to devastate acreage in the West and each year diseases like West Nile virus and plague spread and threaten not only wildlife but human populations. As these hazards continue to threaten our lives and communities, the need for scientific understanding increases exponentially. We need to improve understanding of natural processes, mitigate the risks, and develop the tools and technology for predictive and prescriptive strategies.

Defining Your Role--Our discussion will center on how the USGS can most effectively launch a major program initiative that will enable us to provide the science decision makers and communities can use to better prepare for and reduce the vulnerability to natural hazards. The attached agenda poses key questions designed to help shape this initiative. We would like the majority of the day to be a facilitated exchange between participants and the USGS Leadership Team. At the close of the day, we will open up the floor to comments or brief statements (3-5 minutes) related to USGS core programs.

Valuing Your Contribution--Your help in shaping this program initiative is extremely valuable to us. If you cannot attend, you may submit a statement that will be incorporated into planning the initiative. Submit statements to conversation@usgs.gov

Chip Groat
USGS Director

Appendix 3

Reducing the Risks of Natural Hazards: A Program for the Future
USGS Customer Listening Session
November 3, 2004

American Institute of Architects Building
1735 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

Final Agenda

Desired Outcomes:

8:00   Registration

8:30   Welcome, Introductions and Agenda Review

8:45   Setting the Stage on Listening, Actions Taken, and New Directions
Chip Groat, USGS Director

9:15   Discussion Session I: Putting a Face on the Issues of Natural Hazards

10:30   Break

10:50   Discussion Session II: Shaping a Program to Address the Issues

12:00   Lunch

1:15   Discussion Session III: Strengthening the Role of Partners in Reducing Risk

3:00   Break

3:30   Reflecting on the Day's Discussions
Guided by Facilitator

4:00   Open Discussion
Guided by Facilitator

5:00   Adjourn

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