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Preparing For Disasters, Before It’s Too Late
Julie Fox

All too often in global disaster resiliency programming, Elizabeth Petheo MBA ’14 observes, the work happens when disaster has already struck—after a hurricane, earthquake, or tsunami has ravaged entire cities and torn communities apart. In the last couple of years, though, much of her work has been focused on planning, she says, “the investment of systems, structures, and organizations to help build that upstream preparedness. It is about building better before not just building back better.”

Elizabeth Petheo center receiving the Margaret L. A. MacVicar ’65, ScD ’67 Award in 2018

This is a unique moment where there is renewed attention on how we can better support a resilience mindset and action in planning, in preparedness, in response, in recovery and reconstruction.

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