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 is President of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI), and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Earthquake and Megacities Initiative (EMI). Check out  other  news about research, speaking engagements, publications, and activities that she is involved with ...

Safety First: Improving Hazard Resilience in the San Francisco Bay Area
After Great Disasters: An In-Depth Analysis of How Six Countries Managed Community Recovery

The Bay Area has come together to stem coronavirus in our region. Similar region-wide cooperation and collaboration is needed to prepare for the next natural disasters. Unfortunately, climate change, earthquake and wildfire risk still persist, with disasters always likely, even this year. Laura Tam, former SPUR Resilience and Sustainability Policy Director and Laurie Johnson teamed together to develop the Safety First briefing paper for the SPUR Regional Strategy project. It makes 12 policy recommendations for how the Bay Area can improve data and information gathering, codes and standards, community planning and funding for resilience to multiple hazards .

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.

© Laurie Johnson Consulting | Research 2020

Post-disaster Investigations

Liquefaction and structural damage, fish processing facilities, Port San Vicente, Talcahuano, Chile, March 16, 2010