[APRU Multi-Hazards Webinar Series] Strengthening Multi-Hazards Disaster Preparedness: Learning from US Experiences

The COVID-19 pandemic shed light on other hazard risks that we have not thought about before. In addition to natural hazards and pandemics, it is crucial to thoroughly assess and strengthen our current disaster preparedness plans and strategies to better prepare for future various hazards. This webinar aims to learn especially from the US experiences in the response and recovery from COVID-19, and discuss how we should improve the current DRR measure that could be applied to tackle potential risks.

This webinar is led by APRU Multi-Hazards Program in partnership with Tohoku University, University of California, Davis, University of Hawai’i Mānoa and Federal Emergency Management Agency. 

Date & Time
For Americas: June 24 at 4 pm (Honolulu) / 7 pm (Los Angeles) /  9 pm (Mexico City)
For Asia & the Pacific: June 25 at 9 am (Jakarta) / 10 am (Hong Kong) / 11 am (Tokyo) / 12 pm (Sydney)

90 minutes


  • Watch a recording here.
  • View the presentation slides here.
  • Downlaod a flyer here.


APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the [APRU Multi-Hazards Webinar Series] Strengthening Multi-Hazards Disaster Preparedness: Learning from US Experiences are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.

Mr. Dante Randazzo
FEMA Region 9 National Preparedness Division

Mr. Dante Randazzo is the Director of the FEMA Region 9 National Preparedness Division. In this role he directs and oversees preparedness assessments and analyses, coordinates interagency preparedness planning and communication, guides efforts to build and sustain capabilities and meet preparedness goals, and represents the Region at major preparedness events.
Mr. Randazzo joined FEMA in May 2011 as a Program Specialist with the Individual and Community Preparedness Division, where he served as the Program Manager for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program. He later served as a Supervisory Emergency Management Specialist at the National Preparedness Assessment Division, where he oversaw the Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment/Stakeholder Preparedness Review (THIRA/SPR) Program. Mr. Randazzo also served as Deputy Chief of the National Response Coordination Center Situational Awareness Section, which provides national level decision-makers with relevant information regarding the nature and extent of disaster impacts and the status of response efforts for federal disasters.
Mr. Randazzo previously worked as a Senior Consultant for BAE Systems and an Emergency Management Associate for the Georgetown University Department of Emergency Management and Operational Continuity.
Mr. Randazzo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and a Master of Arts degree in Security Studies from Georgetown University

Prof. John Rundle
University of California, Davis

Prof. John Rundle is a Distinguished Professor of Physics and Earth & Planetary Science, University of California, Davis, an Executive Director Emeritus of the APEC Cooperation for Earthquake Simulations (ACES), and a Visiting Professor at Tohoku University in Sendai, Japan
John was a Member (1990 – 1997) and Chair (1994-1996) of the scientific Advisory Council to the Southern California Earthquake Center. He is currently an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute, and a Fellow of the American Physical Society (2005), the American Geophysical Union (2008), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2017). Recently, he was a co-winner of the NASA Software of the Year Award (2012).
John received his B.S.E from Princeton University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Tau Beta Pi), and M.S. (1973) and Ph.D. (1976) from the University of California at Los Angeles. In addition to natural hazards and earthquakes, he also has professional interests in forecasting, validation of forecasts, and quantitative finance. He teaches courses in Risk and Natural Disasters; Complex Systems; and Econophysics and Quantitative Finance at the University of California, Davis.

Prof. Denise Eby Konan
University of Hawai’i at Mānoa

Prof. Denise Eby Konan is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Professor of Economics at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa (UHM). As Dean, she provides leadership to twelve academic departments that deliver nearly a fifth of degrees offered on campus.
Dr. Konan has long been active in local economic research. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Hawai’i Economic Research Organization (UHERO), where she previously served as the Director of the Energy & Greenhouse Gas Solutions (EGGS) research program, which specialized in issues of energy and greenhouse gas emissions reduction in Hawai’i. She also is the founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Coastal Tourism at the University of Hawai’i Sea Grant College Program. The center promotes respect for the culture, environment, and economy of Hawai’i and other coastal visitor destinations through research, education, and outreach.
A noted international trade economist, Konan has worked extensively in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, the Council of Foreign Relations, the Arab League, and governments of Egypt, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, and Hawai’i and publishes on issues of regional economic integration, trade in services, intellectual property rights, foreign direct investment and energy.
Konan also serves as the academic lead for the university’s Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership. Currently in the development stage, when complete the center will house academic programs that will advance public awareness of U.S. history and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness through visiting and resident experts, communications programs and exhibits, public engagement and educational programs – particularly for K-12, lectures and other civic engagement efforts.
An award winning teacher, Dean Konan is also a Leadership Fellow with Science Education for New Civic Engagement and Responsibility (SENCER) of National Science Foundation, and a board member of the Asia Pacific Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience (APDR3) Network. Dr. Konan served for two years as the Interim Chancellor and for three years as the Assistant Vice Chancellor of UHM. She received her undergraduate degree from Goshen College and her doctorate from the University of Colorado.

Dr. Takako Izumi (Moderator)
Tohoku University

Dr. Takako Izumi is an associate professor at the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University, Japan since 2013. She also serves as Program Director of the Multi Hazards Program under the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), which comprises 55 universities and academic institutes in the Pacific Rim. Her research interests include international and regional frameworks/strategies for disaster risk reduction (DRR), international humanitarian assistance, and DRR initiatives at the local and community levels.
Prior to joining academia, she has more than 15-year experience as a practitioner in humanitarian assistance, disaster response, recovery, risk reduction as well as various development issues with an international NGO and UN agencies such as UN Habitat, UN Office
for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), UN Office for the Recovery Coordinator for Aceh and Nias (UNORC), and UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (Current UNDRR).
She has been appointed as a member of the UNDRR’s Asia-Pacific Science Technology and Academia Advisory Group (ASTAAG) since May 2015. She holds Ph.D. in Global Environmental Study from Kyoto University, Japan.


Contact Dr. Takako Izumi and Ms Sayaka Kobayashi at IRIDeS, Tohoku University