Uptown! Speaker Event
The Waterborne Evacuation of Manhattan
With Professor and Author James Kendra, Ph D
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 6:30pm
When the terrorist attacks struck New York City on September 11, 2001, boat operators and waterfront workers quickly realized that they had the skills, the equipment, and the opportunity to take definite, immediate action in responding to the most significant destructive event in the United States in decades. For many of them, they were "doing what needed to be done." American Dunkirk shows how people, many of whom were volunteers, mobilized rescue efforts in various improvised and spontaneous ways on that fateful date. Many crises and disasters have occurred since then including the COVID-19 pandemic. What does the science of disasters tell us about not surviving but thriving in the face of calamity?
Dr. James Kendra, co-author of American Dunkirk, professor in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and director of the Disaster Research Center. His research interests focus on individual and organizational responses to risk, improvisation and creativity during crisis, post-disaster shelter and housing, and planning for behavioral health services. Projects have included research on the reestablishment of New York City’s emergency operations center after the 9/11 attacks, a major study of the waterborne evacuation of Manhattan on 9/11, research on the social impacts of the Indian Ocean tsunami, and research on the organization of disaster behavioral health services.