Wednesday, March 24, 2015

UNO Entry Is Finalist in National Disaster Preparation Contest

The University of New Orleans Center For Hazard Assessment, Response and Technology is a finalist in a national competition seeking solutions in disaster preparedness. We're pros! Vote for us!UNO-CHART is participating in a national competition that brings up to $50,000 in prizes (two prizes, worth $25,000 each). Vote now!

An entry from the University of New Orleans Center for Hazards Assessment, Response and Technology (UNO-CHART) is a finalist in a national competition that seeks to identify innovative solutions in disaster preparedness. UNO-CHART is an applied social science hazards research center that collaborates with Louisiana communities.

A panel of judges will select one of ten finalists to receive a $25,000 prize and a nationwide online vote will determine the winner of a separate $25,000 award. The contest, organized by Solution Search, identifies the top ten ways Americans are reducing the risk of weather-related disasters. The goal is to build greater awareness and preparedness throughout the country.

UNO-CHART’s entry is a unique risk literacy project that focuses on simultaneously teaching literacy and disaster preparedness. The curriculum, entitled “Preparing for Storms in Louisiana,” was designed in plain English to teach the concepts of risk as a subject matter in literacy programs, as well as teach literacy through risk education. The project materials include a student manual, a facilitator’s guide, a take-home guide and flashcards. The curriculum has both English and Spanish components.

Vote!

Help UNO-CHART win a national competition that seeks to create solutions for disaster preparedness. There is $50,000 at stake - a $25,000 prize from judges and another selected by a nationwide panel. Competition is steep! Here's how you vote:

People can vote once per day using the Solution Search website or by texting SOLUTIONSEARCH to 22333 and then UNOCHART to vote for the risk literacy project.

The ten Solution Search finalists were selected among 88 entries from 21 states. The finalists are:

  • American Littoral Society
  • Billion Oyster Project
  • Blackfoot Challenge
  • City of Ottawa, Ill.
  • Climate Central
  • Ecosystem Restoration Support  Organization
  • Flagstaff Watershed Protection  Project
  • Make it Right
  • Restore America’s Estuaries
  • UNO-CHART

 

Solution Search judges include former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, The Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore, former NOAA Admistrator Jane Lubchenco, and the leaders of MunichRe America, TransRe, the Tampa Bay Rays, Evangelical Environmental Network and Robertson Foundation.

People can vote once per day using the website: www.solutionsearch.org/contest/reducing-our-risk or by texting SOLUTIONSEARCH to 22333 and then UNOCHART to vote for the risk literacy project.

Solution Search is managed by the international nonprofit Rare, which looks for proven conservation solutions and trains local leaders to inspire communities to adopt them. For more information, visit www.rare.org.