Several times a year, RAF conducts graduate-level seminars at Florida International University's School of Engineering on the subjects of resilience in the built environment, sustainability, climate adaptation and lessons learned from past disaster events.
One such seminar covered the topics of the Sendai Framework for DRR, the relation between resilience, green, climate and sustainability, the issues and root causes of vulnerability in the built environment and finally specific concerns related to Florida, particularly after the near-miss disaster of Hurricane Matthew.
The past decade has seen increasing appreciation for trained professionals in natural disaster risk management and resilience capacity-building. Accelerating urban concentrations, particularly in hazard-prone areas, and lagging development standards have increased disaster vulnerabilities in many countries, which is escalating the economic and social consequences of disasters to both public and private sectors. The global annual average cost of disasters now exceeds US$300 billion, with the US itself leading in economic losses. Climate change is expected to only worsen the trend.
FIU’s Extreme Events Institute (FIU-EEI) is a trans-disciplinary research environment to address the challenges of resilience. RAF has assisted FIU-EEI in a number of programs and including co-authoring write papers on resilience, engaging interns, organizing an external advisory board, connecting it with international organizations and communicating complex messages to the general public.