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How the United States Prepares for Disaster: A Conversation with Dr. Lucy Jones


Please join the Urban Institute for a jolting conversation with Dr. Lucy Jones, world-renowned disaster expert and author of The Big Ones: How Natural Disasters Have Shaped Us (and What We Can Do about Them). With Urban’s senior fellow Carlos Martín, Jones will discuss current disaster preparations in the United States and suggest improvements for individual buildings, community education, and city and national policies. Jones has advocated tirelessly to increase communities’ resiliency and ability to adapt to the ever-changing world around them to better understand and communicate vulnerabilities and cost-effective actions to reduce risk.

This event is part of Urban’s resilience, disaster, and climate adaptation research, which includes the December release of the 100 Resilient Cities interim evaluation report.


Featured Speakers

  • Lucy Jones, Founder and Chief Scientist, Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society
  • Carlos Martín, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
More about Dr. Jones

Dr. Lucy Jones was a seismologist for the U.S. Geological Survey for thirty years, most recently as Science Advisor for Risk Reduction, and famous for her press interviews after a series of Southern California earthquakes. Known in California as the “Earthquake Lady,” Dr. Jones created the Great Shake Out Drill, an earthquake preparation experiment that by 2016 included 53 million participants around the world. She is currently founder of the Dr. Lucy Jones Center for Science and Society, with a mission to foster the understanding and application of scientific information in the creation of more resilient communities, and is also a Research Associate at the Seismological Laboratory of Caltech, a post she has held since 1984. With a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese Language and Literature from Brown University and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from MIT, Dr. Jones has been active in earthquake research for decades, furthering earthquake risk reduction through seismological research and integrated disaster scenarios.


Registration and refreshments will be available at 9:30 a.m. The program will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Please contact [email protected] with any questions regarding this event.

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Date & Time Friday, December 7, 2018
Urban Institute 2100 M Street NW
5th floor
Washington , DC , 20037
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  • Former Senior Fellow