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Disaster Relief, Recovery and Response in Haiti Topic for ECU Discussion

In the aftermath of any natural disaster begins a period of relief, recovery and response. Dr. Jennifer Mandel, geographer and director of research and evaluation for Internews Haiti, will visit East Carolina University to discuss the efforts taken after the catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti on January 12.

Mandel will present “Disaster Relief, Recovery and Community Response: The Critical Role of Information in Haiti,” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 8, in Brewster, room B-102.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Geography, International Studies Program, Institute for Coastal Science and Policy, Center for Natural Hazards Research and the School of Communication.

Internews Haiti is an international media development organization whose mission is to improve the reach, quality and sustainability of local media worldwide, enabling them to better serve the information needs of their communities. Its team in Haiti is working with local media outlets, many of which lost reporters and facilities to the earthquake, to assess their needs. Internews is also interviewing survivors, to determine how people are getting news, so that information can be best targeted to the local population. By serving as a communications link between providers of aid and local media, Internews ensures that Haitian reporters receive and distribute aid information.

For additional information about Mandel’s discussion, contact the Department of Geography at 252-328-6230. Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.