Preparing for Catastrophic Emergencies


Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 12:15pm


124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 100, Room 106, Cambridge, MA

Wang Lanmin, Ph.D., Director, Earthquake Administration of Gansu Province, China, and Ash Center New World Fellow

Dr. Wang has been Director of Gansu Province’s Earthquake Administration since 2004; he also serves as one of the coordinators for earthquake emergency response across Northwest China. In this brownbag seminar, he discussed Gansu’s ongoing efforts to prepare for major natural disasters, focusing specifically on lessons learned from two recent events: the devastating Wenchuan Earthquake of 2008, which heavily affected southern Gansu, and the Zhouqu Debris Flow Disaster, which killed over 1,500 people in 2010.

Moderated by Dr. Arnold Howitt, Executive Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and Faculty Co-Director, Program on Crisis Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School.

Sponsored by Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership, the New World Fellows Program, and the Harvard University Asia Center.

This event is part of the Disaster Management in Asia Seminar Series