Honoring Those That Design for Disaster: National Building Museum Highlights Innovative Risk Mitigation

Honoring Those That Design for Disaster: National Building Museum Highlights Innovative Risk Mitigation

A multimedia exhibit at the National Building Museum features organizations and individuals that are providing innovative solutions to Mother Nature’s most devastating natural disasters. The exhibit, ‘Designing for Disaster’ features images, videos, models, and presentations of new research and work in the fields of risk assessment and natural hazard mitigation.

Attendants see captivating graphic designs, photos and collages, video projects, and rotating models and maps. These groundbreaking projects and partnerships are leading to safer designs, improved policies and plans, and disaster-resilient communities.

The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation (SDF) is one of the many organizations featured in the exhibit. The organization helps provide training for search and rescue dogs that work alongside fire department crews and rescue workers. This has led to well-prepared emergency management teams around the country that rely on these canine partners to find survivors in disaster wreckage

John Stewart of Saratoga Springs, New York, and his 8-year-old German Shepherd Lani, through their story and photo, are featured in the exhibit as representatives of SDF’s mission. The pair has received basic certification training and has assisted in flood rescue efforts throughout central New York, including after Hurricane Sandy. Through a long-term partnership, Arc Aspicio has supported the SDF in raising money for the organization to sponsor multiple search dog teams and has held awareness and fundraising events for the organization.

The Designing for Disaster exhibit is open for attendance through August 2, 2015. This is an opportunity for citizens to see how careful planning and preparations behind the scenes are keeping them safe from natural disasters in their communities.

Organizations such as SDF need our support now more than ever, and this exhibit provides them with a chance to make the public aware of their deeds. 

Contributors

Ivi Demi |

Ivi Demi is a Senior Associate with a background in development economics, international development and trade, disaster resilience, homeland security, and public policy. He has worked on contracts as an intern, policy assistant, and researcher that have included a political campaign, an insurance research institute, a UN Food and Agriculture Organization field office, and a defense contractor. His work experience and travels have taken him to numerous countries abroad in the developing world, including Gabon, Kenya, and Kosovo. Ivi received his Bachelor of Science in International Agriculture and Rural Development and Master of Public Administration degrees from Cornell University.

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