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Press release


About the Center for Disaster Resilience

NWS Hurricane Preparedness

In line with the 2015 hurricane season, University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience researchers are working to educate the general public and policymakers about what it takes to build community resilience. While early reports indicate the 2015 hurricane season could carry fewer named storms than the historical average, CDR researchers warn that it "only takes one storm" to expose infrastructure vulnerabilities and emergency response challenges.

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Dr. Sandra Knight, Director of the University of Maryland Center for Disaster Resilience, is the former Deputy Associate Administrator for Mitigation for FEMA. With FEMA, Knight was responsible for the nation's floodplain mapping, management and mitigation grants supporting the National Flood Insurance Program, environmental compliance for the agency, and oversight of the National Dam Safety Program. Prior to her role with FEMA, Knight spent most of her federal career as a research hydraulic engineer working on navigation, environmental and flood risk management projects around the country with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Today, she is a Senior Research Engineer with UMD's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Dr. Gerry Galloway, Center for Disaster Resilience Associate and University of Maryland Glenn L. Martin Institute Professor of Engineering, is a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Institute for Water Resources and served 38 years with the U.S. Army before retiring as Brigadier General. Galloway served eight additional years in the federal government, most of which was associated with water resources management. He served for three years as District Engineer for the USACE in Vicksburg, Miss., and later, for seven years as a Presidential appointee to the Mississippi River Commission.

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