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5 natural disaster simulators in the US that help build stronger, more resilient communities

Miami’s Florida International University is home to the National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Wall of Wind Experimental Facility. (Read More)


Heading off disasters: the Extreme Events Institute

The Extreme Events Institute takes a broad approach to saving the world from what Mother Nature dishes out. (Read More)


Wall of Wind Challenge attracts next generation of engineers

The WOW Challenge invites local high school students to build scale model structures that test their engineering skills against the Wall of Wind. (Read More)


Your Home Is Your Castle. Local Disaster Experts Explain How To Protect It From Storms

Just two days before the official start of hurricane season, Florida International University hosted the world premiere of “BUILT TO LAST?,” a documentary that warns of risks to homes and other buildings in…


Wall of Wind Receives 2018 Charles Panikow Award for Innovation

The National Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) Wall of Wind Experimental Facility was awarded the 2018 Charles Pankow Award for Innovation by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). (Read More)


Speaking Truth to Power: Please Don’t Call Them Natural Disasters

Unfortunately, a persistent problem in public discourse is the penchant of public officials-and the media-to label major damaging events as “natural” disasters. (Read More)


Building Hurricane-Proof Roofs

FIU’s Dr. Arindam Gan Chowdhury has patented a concrete roofing system that aims to replace the hundreds of individual shingles or barrel tiles, not to mention thousands of nails as well as plywood…


What did it all mean when we fled Hurricane Irma?

Now that the true clean-up in southeast Florida from Hurricane Irma is gathering momentum, it is time to revisit one of the storm’s biggest surprises — mass evacuation — and what it means…


Dr. Ping Zu Receives Faculty Award For Excellence In Research And Creative Activities

FIU honors the achievements of faculty who have excelled in the areas of teaching, research, service, engagement, librarianship, mentoring and advising. (Read More)


Transportation Leaders visit FIU’s Wall of Wind

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart visit the FIU Wall of Wind. (Read More)


Irma was a teachable moment for Miami-Dade. Have we learned its lessons?

For Miami-Dade, Hurricane Irma may have been but a dry run for the real thing. (Read More)


Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model Estimates Irma’s Damage

The Florida Public Hurricane Loss Model estimates that Hurricane Irma caused $19.4 billion in wind-related losses to Florida residents alone. (Read More)


Dr. Olson Rates Irma Planning and Response

It could have been much, much worse. If the storm had held to the original forecasts for a Florida “east coast” storm at Cat 4 or above, we would have experienced a state-level…


FIU Remembers Hurricane Andrew

FIU commemorates a defining anniversary for South Florida. (PDF)


Hurricane Andrew 25 Years Later, ABC News

On August 24th, 1992, Hurricane Andrew, a Category 5 hurricane, devastated south Miami-Dade County. (Read More)

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