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Sen. Nelson and Rep. Diaz-Balart to host forum on disaster-resilient communities


FIU, U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and members of the Florida congressional delegation will participate in a forum to discuss how federal, state and local policies, along with innovations in design, can yield safer, more disaster-resilient communities. The forum will be held at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, June 25 at 5:30 p.m.

Forum participants will include:

  • FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg
  • U.S. Senator Bill Nelson
  • U.S. Congressman Mario-Diaz-Balart
  • Representatives from the Florida congressional delegation
  • Kathryn Sullivan, undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator
  • David Miller, associate administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Richard Olson, director, Extreme Events Institute, FIU
  • Caitlin Lucchino, representative of BuildStrong Coalition

An interactive exhibit on FIU’s one-of-a-kind hurricane simulator, the 12-fan Wall of Wind, is part of a new “Designing for Disaster” exhibition at the National Building Museum. Watch a video on the exhibit: