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Project Impact: Building a Disaster Resistant Community - Videoconference

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Project Impact: Building a Disaster Resistant Community

A free, interactive Satellite Videoconference Presented by:

American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Thursday, October 29, 1998
     12 Noon - 2 PM Eastern
     11 AM - 1 PM Central
     10 AM - 12 Noon Mountain
     9 AM - 11 AM Pacific

Lives can be saved, damage to property reduced and economic recovery from 
disaster accelerated by taking action BEFORE the waters flow, the winds howl, 
the fires rage, or the ground shakes. Project Impact seeks to change the way 
America deals with natural disasters. The goal of Project Impact is to bring 
together community leaders, citizens, and businesses to mitigate the impacts 
of natural disasters before they happen. Sponsored by ASCE and FEMA, this 
two-hour satellite videoconference will examine the many benefits of Project 
Impact and discuss the role design professionals can play in building disaster 
resistant communities. 

The program will feature:
    An overview of Project Impact by FEMA Director James Lee Witt (videotaped 
at the 1998 ASCE Annual Convention)
    Leading ASCE members discussing the role that civil engineers can play in 
mitigating the impacts of earthquakes and winds
    Representatives from Pilot Project Impact Communities discussing their 
actual experiences with Project Impact and actions their communities have 
taken to mitigate the impacts of floods.

The program will be broadcast live to more than 15,000 downlink sites on 
FEMA's Emergency Education Network (EENET). The FEMA downlink sites include 
local colleges and universities, libraries, police and fire stations, National 
Guard sites, and emergency management offices. Please contact the local 
emergency manager in your community if you need information on the downlink 
site that is closest to your home or office.

Interact with Speakers
A portion of the program will be set aside to give you an opportunity to 
interact with and ask questions of the speakers. You can call in your 
questions....just like a radio call-in program.

Speakers will include:
James Lee Witt *
Washington, DC

Clifford Oliver
Senior Engineer
Mitigation Directorate
Washington, DC

Melvyn Green
Melvyn Green & Associates, Inc.
Torrance, CA

Lawrence G. Griffis
Senior Vice President
Walter P. Moore & Associates, Inc.
Houston, TX

Ben Sansome
Planning Division Chief
Allegheny County Planning Division
Cumberland, MD

Virginia McGann
Project Impact Coordinator
Cumberland, MD

* Participating by videotape.

For more information contact John Casazza at ASCE 800-548-2723, E-mail 


James Cohen, PE
FEMA PIM (Partner In Mitigation) Fellow - ASCE/IBHS/Fluor Daniel