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February 14, 2017
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Getting to a New Normal: Reflections on Resilience Following Hurricane Matthew

A guest blog by J. Cedric Woods, PhD
Director, Institute for New England Native American Studies, UMass Boston

Aftermath of Hurricane MatthewGrowing up in Robeson County, North Carolina, particularly as a Lumbee Indian, I always knew the Lumber River, our river, was the dominant part of our landscape. It shaped a significant part of our history, serving as a source of food, recreation, and refuge during times of war.

I also knew that as heavily as we relied on it, it had the potential to cause great distress as well. I had seen it flood its banks and some of our roads as a child, and knew that it earned its older name “Drowning Creek.”

However, none of this prepared me for what I experienced in October 2016 with Hurricane Matthew. Continue Reading →

November 2, 2016
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McCormack Scholar Edits New Book on Disaster Resilience Worldwide

PLanning for Community-based Disaster Resilience WorldwideThe latest edited book by Professor Adenrele Awotona, director of the Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters (CRSCAD), has been published by Routledge, the world’s leading academic publisher in the humanities and social sciences. It is titled Planning for Community-based Disaster Resilience Worldwide: Learning from Case Studies in Six Continents. The book focuses on a bottom-up approach to disaster risk reduction and the building of community resilience. Continue Reading →
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