Mitchell Center Lecture: How Community Planning Can Reduce Natural Disaster Risk

ORONO – The Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Durable Solutions at the University of Maine will host a conference on how community planning and partnerships can help reduce our vulnerability to natural disasters on Monday, March 7 from 3 p.m. 4 p.m.

The United States suffers more than $51 billion in losses and 361 deaths a year, on average, from weather and climate hazards, according to the Mitchell Center in a press release. In Maine, these hazards have been on the rise for decades and include flooding, coastal storm surges, tropical storms and harsh winter conditions.

“A strong commitment to community and multi-agency partnerships is crucial to the success of efforts to reduce vulnerability to these natural hazards,” the statement said.

In this talk, Samuel Roy will discuss the practices and benefits of risk mitigation planning and financing, the partnerships that make it happen, the skills and capabilities that support these efforts, and success stories from Maine. .

Samuel Roy is the natural hazard planner for the Maine Emergency Management Agency. In this role, he oversees the development of Maine’s natural disaster risk analysis and assessment for the state’s emergency operations plan and provides technical and collaborative assistance for disaster planning. local risk mitigation. It also serves as a liaison agency with the natural sciences and academic communities and coordinates training and internship programs on natural hazards. Roy is a faculty member at the Mitchell Center and earned his Ph.D. in Earth and Climate Sciences from the University of Maine in 2015.

All lectures at Mitchell Center’s Sustainability Discussions the series are free and will be offered both remotely via Zoom and in person at 107 Norman Smith Hall on the UMaine campus in Orono. Registration is required to attend remotely via Zoom; to register and receive login information, see the event webpage.

Please note that face coverings are mandatory for all people – students, staff, faculty, visitors and others – while inside a facility in the University of Maine system. For the latest health and safety guidelines, please visit

Updates for this event will be posted on the event webpage. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Ruth Hallsworth, 207.581.3196 or [email protected]

Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions: The Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine aspires to be a valuable leader and partner in understanding and solving problems related to the growing challenge of improving human well-being while protecting the environment. We collaborate with various stakeholders and bring together faculty and students from many different fields. By connecting knowledge to action, we seek to create a brighter environmental, social and economic future in Maine and beyond.

About the University of Maine: The University of Maine, founded in Orono in 1865, is the state’s land, maritime, and space grant university, with a regional campus at the University of Maine at Machias. UMaine is located on Marsh Island in the homeland of the Penobscot Nation. UMaine Machias is located in the homeland of the Passamaquoddy Nation. As Maine’s flagship public university, UMaine has a statewide mission of education, research and economic development, and community service. UMaine is the only public research university in the state and one of the most comprehensive institutions of higher education in the Northeast. It attracts students from all 50 states and 81 countries. UMaine currently enrolls 11,989 undergraduate and graduate students, and UMaine Machias enrolls 747 undergraduate students. Our students have the opportunity to participate in groundbreaking research with world-class scholars. UMaine offers more than 100 degree programs through which students can earn a master’s, doctoral, or master of professional science, as well as graduate certificates. UMaine Machias offers 18 degree programs. The university promotes environmental stewardship, with substantial campus-wide efforts to save energy, recycle, and meet green building standards in new construction. For more information about UMaine and UMaine Machias, visit and