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For over three decades of practice, Laurie Johnson has worked to improve the urban environment and help reduce, manage, and communicate natural and man-made risks ...​


Laurie Johnson Consulting | Research maintains an active research agenda that complements and advances its consulting practice, including post-disaster reconnaissance, long-term rebuilding, and disaster scenario studies ... ​


Laurie Johnson chairs the Advisory Board of the Global Earthquake Model Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees of Geohazards International. Check out  other  news about research, publications, and speaking engagements...

Analysis of Communities at Risk in the
HayWired Scenario (M7 Hayward fault earthquake)

This scenario chapter by Laurie Johnson, Jamie Jones, Anne Wein, and Jeff Peters adds a societal dimension and long-term perspective to the 3-volume, multi-year study of the hazards, impacts and consequences of a M7 earthquake impacting the nearly 7.7 million residents of the San Francisco Bay region. “Communities at risk” are places where normal community functions will be severely impaired or cease to exist for months, even years, after a disaster and where residents may be forcibly displaced because of direct damage to their homes and neighborhoods, or voluntarily relocate because they cannot obtain services or otherwise recover. The analysis is developed in three detailed sections—integrated building  damage and areas of concentrated damage; population movements and vulnerabilities; and long-term community recovery challenges. These analyses inform the development of seven policy implications for improving community resilience in the San Francisco Bay region ahead of such a potentially unprecedented and catastrophic earthquake disaster.

After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

This book authored by Laurie A. Johnson and Robert B. Olshansky, and its companion Policy Focus Report, chronicles the processes and outcomes of community recovery and reconstruction following major disasters in six countries: China, New Zealand, India, Indonesia, Japan, and the United States. Post-disaster reconstruction offers opportunities to improve construction, renew infrastructure, create new land use arrangements, reinvent economies, and improve governance. If done well, reconstruction can help break the cycle of disaster-related impacts and losses, and improve the resilience of a city or region.

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