IAFSS Large Outdoor Fires and the Built Environment (LOF&BE) Webinar Series Title: Lessons Learned from Recent Evacuations in California By Assistant Prof. Stephen Wong (University of University of Alberta, Canada)

By Pau Costa Foundation

10 August 2021
Analysis Post Wildfires

Time: August 10th, 2021, 7 pm US East Coast (August 11th 8 am JST)
Registration Link: https://forms.gle/RxdX4j5oyBsjrmgV7

IAFSS Large Outdoor Fires and the Built Environment (LOF&BE) Webinar Series Title: Lessons Learned from Recent Evacuations in California By Assistant Prof. Stephen Wong (University of University of Alberta, Canada) August 10th, 2021, 7 pm US East Coast (August 11th 8 am JST) Register here: https://forms.gle/RxdX4j5oyBsjrmgV7

 

ABSTRACT In the last 4 years, California wildfires have consumed over 4.75 million acres and have led agencies to issue mandatory evacuation orders to over 1.2 million people. With more severe stressors on fire-prone environments due to climate change and increasing land development in high-risk areas, evacuations from wildfires are likely to become more frequent and widespread. This presentation will focus on a series of research projects that use post-disaster data from multiple California wildfires and focus groups with vulnerable populations impacted the wildfires. These data inform: 1) discrete choice models to better understand wildfire evacuee behavior and 2) an exploration of the feasibility of leveraging the sharing economy in disasters. Lessons learned from the research can aid government agencies in California and beyond in crafting more resilience and equitable evacuation plans and responses. 

 

BIO Dr. Stephen Wong is an incoming Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental (CEE) at the University of Alberta, starting October 2021. Stephen is an expert in the intersection of evacuations, decision-making, and shared mobility and works to create more resilient, environmentally friendly, and equitable transportation systems. He was a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellow, an Eno Center for Transportation Fellow, and a Dwight D. Eisenhower Transportation Fellow. Stephen received his Ph.D. in Transportation Engineering from UC Berkeley in December 2020. He received his M.S. in CEE at UC Berkeley and a B.S. in Civil Engineering with a second major in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University.