MIT Urban Studies class focuses on post-wildfire HMDR issues in Valparaiso, Chile

I had the recent and unexpected delight of  speaking to a group of undergraduate students in an MIT classroom. MIT Lecturer Cherie Abbanat leads a “City to City” class that provides the opportunity for students to travel for research and focus on solving real-world problems. Her students this semester decided to focus on Valparaiso, Chile, and its ongoing recovery from disastrous wildfires in spring 2014. Check out the class blog at for the students’ reflections on analyzing US hazard mitigation plans, their visit to Chile, and their ideas to solve the real-world problems of hazard mitigation and disaster recovery in an area of poverty and limited resources.Valpo