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Mark Zuckerberg (left) talks with Tricia Wachtendorf
and James Kendra of UD's Disaster Research Center during a Sept. 25 visit to
personal challenge for 2017 is to travel to and meet with people in the
30 states he has yet to visit and Monday, Sept. 25, was the First
States moment in the spotlight. Zuckerberg met with University of
Delaware experts from the Disaster Research Center as well as other
civic leaders to discuss community experiences in crisis response and
Tricia Wachtendorf and James Kendra direct UD's Disaster Research Center,
the oldest center in the world focused on the social science aspects of
disaster. Wachtendorf and Kendra were recently spotlighted on UDs Facebook page via Facebook Live as they shared their expertise in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and in advance of Hurricane Irma.
It was this Facebook Live broadcast and the DRCs long-standing work
in advancing the research on disasters that captured the attention of
Zuckerberg and his team where they asked the DRC to put together a group
to meet and have an informal discussion at the Iron Hill Brewery and
Restaurant in Wilmington.
"We were so excited that we were able to pull together this
insightful group, Wachtendorf said. DRC researchers are working
closely with the community partners around the table, not only to
advance disaster science, but to try to make a difference in peoples
lives. I think the conversations we had today reflected those
partnerships, and the pressing issue around community disaster impacts."
Zuckerberg listened intently to the experts, interjecting only to ask
a handful of challenging questions. Community members around the table
included representatives from UD, American Red Cross, the Southbridge
Civic Association, the Creative Vision Factory, the Chester County (Pa.)
Department of Emergency Services, and Seigel Jewish Community Center.
Seigel JCC director Ivy Harlev, worked with Wachtendorf last winter when
Jewish community centers around the country, including Harlevs
location in Wilmington, received a series of bomb threats.
Zuckerberg noted that when disaster happens, so many people want to
get involved and help out. He asked the group to think about innovative
things that could be done to harness that demand to try to get others
Kendra is one of several DRC researchers who worked closely with
Johns Hopkins University on a model for understanding how the way that
communities function pre-disaster, combined with post-disaster social
capital and resources, work to determine the recovery trajectory for
"Community members regular people have to be able to mobilize to
learn about the hazards where they live and to make a case for their own
wellbeing, Kendra said. Partnerships of researchers and community
members can be strong alliances in identifying hazards and developing
strategies to lessen them."
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Experts from the Disaster Research Center and civic leaders gather
in Wilmington with Mark Zuckerberg to discuss community experiences in
crisis response and resilience building.
Disaster Science and Management UD graduate student Valerie Marlowe
has been working on the community wellbeing project with Johns Hopkins,
and also recently returned from a research reconnaissance trip to
Houston, her hometown. There she saw first hand some of the issues
facing communities, such as shelter management and the role of libraries
after a disaster. Marlowes family members had been evacuated after
It was pretty stressful to watch it unfold on Facebook, Marlowe
said. But everyone from my family is now safe. During the crisis we
used Facebook the way we always have staying in touch through Facebook
Messenger, posts and check-ins.
UD alumnus Mike Kiley-Zufelt was a research assistant with the DRC
before joining the American Red Cross Eastern Pennsylvania Region and
weighed in with expertise he gathered from his own recent deployment to
help communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
DRC faculty member Victor Perez focused on social solidarity and the
importance of building and maintaining solid community connections and
how that foundation plays a role in a post-disaster world. Perez, an
environmental sociologist, has been working for several years with
community members in the Southbridge area of Wilmington.
He's examined some of the chronic flooding threats Southbridge
residents contend with and has conducted surveys there on residents
perceptions of the risks of climate change and sea level rise. Through
his work, he met Marie Reed, president of the Southbridge Civic
Association, who grew up in the neighborhood and also attended the lunch
with Zuckerberg. Reed has worked tirelessly on trying to address the
hazards that threaten her community.
Also in attendance was Michael Kalmbach from the Creative Vision
Factory, a peer-run drop-in art space funded by the states Division of
Substance Abuse and Mental Health. A UD alumnus with a master of fine
arts, Kalmbach is currently teaching a class for the Department of Art
and Design. Kalmbach has been behind several recent art initiatives in
Wilmington, such as adding mosaic walls at Stubbs Elementary School and
Helen Chambers Park.
As Wachtendorf noted, "Contending with disasters demands bringing
together public officials, the private sector and community in crisis
response. But it also involves improving the conditions people live
routinely and the way organizations interact. All of the participants
around the table demonstrate that need, including the Creative Vision
Factory that might not typically see itself as building disaster
resilience, but is doing just that."
Also joining the chat was Janet Zeis, volunteer management
coordinator at the Chester County Department of Emergency Services. This
summer, Zeis, and the Resilient Chester County initiative she works
with, met with DRC directors Wachtendorf and Kendra regarding ways they
As Wachtendorf noted, "Be it presentations to a fifth grade science
class or at the American Red Cross, be it a discussion at the local
Medical Reserve Corps, a community group in a disaster impacted area, or
with the CEO of Facebook, our hope is to share the wealth of knowledge
we know in this field, open doors for community conversations, all in
the hope make significant advances for real change."
On Sept. 14, Facebook announced that it was bringing all of its
crisis response tools Safety Check, Community Help and Fundraisers
into a new place called Crisis Response.
Users are able to see more information from places where Safety Check
has been activated, along with relevant articles, photos and videos from
As the hour and a half lunch discussion came to a close, Zuckerberg
challenged the group to think about what needs to happen in their work
in 10 to 15 years to improve things, which sparked the most lively
discussion of the afternoon.
This has been a great opportunity, Zuckerberg said at the end of
the lunch. Some of the research you are doing has given me a bunch of
ideas to push this forward.
Article by Holly Norton; photos by Evan Krape