U.S. Geological Survey
SAFRR - Science Application for Risk Reduction
Modern Americans are more at risk from natural hazards today than at any other time in our nation's history, due especially to our increasing reliance on technology and communications and the strong interdependencies of both. Expected losses from Natural Hazards in the US exceed $3 billion per year. These losses are most effectively reduced through informed decisions guided by the most current and thoroughly-researched understanding of the hazards, risks, and cost of mitigation.
The Science Application for Risk Reduction (SAFRR) Project was created to innovate the application of hazard science for the safety, security, and economic well-being of the nation. The SAFRR team helps build resilience to natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods, wildfires, landslides, tsunamis, and coastal erosion by working with decision making and emergency response efforts across the nation. SAFRR helps communities reduce their natural hazard threats by directing new and existing scientific research toward addressing gaps in vulnerability, producing innovative products, and connecting experts with users of their science.
SAFRR projects unite a broad range of disciplines to engage basic and applied researchers, expand capabilities through partnerships, and share knowledge among researchers, practitioners, policy-makers, and the public. Partners and users are also involved to help set the direction of hazard science and apply results in their decision making processes, and they include federal, state, county, city, and other government agencies, public and private utilities, private companies and non-profits, academic researchers and institutions, and emergency response and management agencies.
The SAFRR Project is the continued evolution of the successful Multi-Hazards Demonstration Project (MHDP), started in 2006 and limited to only five years.