Even after the smoke clears from a wildfire, the danger is not over. Other hazards such as debris flows (fast-moving, destructive landslides) can also occur in the aftermath of a wildfire. Wildfires and landslides occur in every state and territory; they kill people and cost American taxpayers billions of dollars in disaster aid, disruption of commerce, and destruction of homes and critical infrastructure.
"While we cannot prevent natural events such as floods, mudslides, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, earthquakes, or tsunamis, we can reduce or mitigate their devastating impacts by helping communities to rebuild in safer locations, construct sturdier dwellings, and enforce sound building practices," said U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer.
Come hear how the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners are working together to meet the challenge of reducing America´s wildfire and landslide risk.
Host: National Fire Protection Association
The USGS recently launched a new Web site and seven easy-to-understand fact sheets on earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, landslides, tsunamis, volcanoes and wildfires, which can be accessed at http://www.usgs.gov/hazards.
To access information about the USGS Congressional Briefing Series, visit www.usgs.gov/solutions.
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