Haiti: A Wake Up Call for Urban Disasters? InterAction and the American Red Cross to Host Event Tues., Oct. 13

Oct 12, 2010, 06:00 ET from InterAction

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- InterAction's Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group and the American Red Cross (ARC) are co-hosting a panel discussion on Wednesday, October 13, from 9:30am-12:00pm at the ARC Board of Governors Hall (430 17th Street, NW Washington, DC 20006).

The event will launch the 2010 World Disaster Report, which focuses on urban disasters. A panel discussion will follow with more information about the importance of building resilient urban communities and emerging disaster risk reduction trends. Questions to be discussed include:

  • What should the international community learn from the earthquake in Haiti in order to reduce the exposure of vulnerable communities to such high levels of risk in future emergencies?
  • How can we address land tenure, shelter construction, housing standards and climate change to reduce the risk for people living in megacities and urban areas?
  • How can communities, governments, NGOs and stakeholders better plan for the implications of multiple disasters in the same cities?


  • Abhas Jha, Program Leader, Disaster Risk Management, East Asia and the Pacific, The World Bank
  • Chuck Setchell, Shelter, Settlements, and Hazard Mitigation Advisor, USAID Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance
  • Robert Buckley, Advisor, Urbanization, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Franck Daphnis, CEO, Development Innovations Group
  • Julie Sell, Journalist and Spokesperson for the American Red Cross in Haiti, (Moderator)

To RSVP: Contact Go Funai at gfunai@interaction.org.

InterAction is the largest alliance US-based international nongovernmental organizations with 200 members. Our members operate in every developing country, working with local communities to overcome poverty and suffering by helping to improve their quality of life.

SOURCE InterAction