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Hurricane Workshop

2012 NCEM-ECU North Carolina Hurricane Workshop

The North Carolina Division of Emergency Management (NCEM) in partnership with the East Carolina University's Center (ECU) for Natural Hazards Research and the Renaissance Computing Institute Engagement Center at ECU (RENCI at ECU) held the third annual Hurricane Workshop for Emergency Managers, co-sponsored by North Carolina Sea Grant. Over 150 emergency management personnel, other emergency managers, meteorologists, public information officers, emergency responders and university researchers attended the May 23, 2012, workshop at The Murphy Center at ECU in Greenville. The workshop engaged participants in discussions about communications, the use of social media, traditional media and maps for forecasting and response. Also featured was keynote speaker, Bill Read, Director fo the National Hurricane Cetner and a panel of emergency managers who shared their lessons from Hurricane Irene. Visit the 2012 Hurricane Workshop page for details, video and presentations.


North Carolina Sea Level Rise Panel at TCS23

Michelle Covi, Outreach Coordinator for the RENCI Engagement Cener at ECU and Donna Kain, Faculty Affilitate in the Technical and Professional Communications program participated in a North Carolina Sea Level Rise panel discussion at the 23rd International Conference of The Coastal Society in Miami Florida, held June 3-6, 2012. Covi and Kain joined representatives from UNC- Chapel Hill's Coastal Hazards Center, the North Carolina Sea Level Rise Study and the North Carolina Division of Coastal Management on the panel to talk about Risk Communication, Adaptation Strategies and Policy-making in North Carolina.

Michelle Covi, Outreach Coordinator for RENCI at ECU and PhD Candidate in the Coastal Resources Management Program was selected to receive the 2012 Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study. The Jones Awards were established in 1990 as part of the reautorization of the Coastal Zone Management Act to honor people and organizations for their dedication and outstanding contributions in helping the nation maintain healthy coastal and ocean resources and balance the needs of the resources with human use.

Michelle's doctoral research examines sea-level rise risk perception, communication and policy-making in North Carolina. She is working with Dr. Donna Kain of the Technical and Professional Communications Program at ECU on a Sea Grant-funded project evaluating risk communication and perception of sea-level rise in northeastern North Carolina. She also worked with a Sea Grant team that collaborated with Plymouth leaders to establish a strategy for addressing recurring flooding problems in the town. She is cited for her abilities to relate to local residents, and use advanced techniques to analyze interview data. For more information about the awards and the other winners see: http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/programs/ocrm/jones-noaa-awards.html

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