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

USGS Customer Listening Session

November 3, 2004

Final Report


Participants expressed considerable support for a natural hazards initiative, interest in continuing to work with USGS in planning, and appreciation for being invited to provide ideas at this early stage.

Director Groat reflected on the meeting saying that the most overarching theme he heard was the importance of facilitating better decision making, both at the local level and at almost any level where information about hazards will allow prudent decisions to be made. Thinking about decision-making will help guide the kind of science and products USGS and its partners need to provide. A decision focus also then clearly suggests the need for a process in formulating the program that includes the decision makers in helping us define what products they need. He also noted the emphasis on working in a risk-based framework.

He and the Executive Leadership Team also underscored several other key points:

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