Sierra Leonean PhD student, Amidu Kalokoh, recently attended the 48th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop held in Broomfield, Colorado from July 9th to 12th, 2023.
The workshop, themed “Ethical Action for Disaster Risk Reduction,” brought together experts and scholars in the field to discuss the ethical obligations and moral commitments associated with responding to natural disasters.
During the event, Kalokoh and fellow attendees explored crucial questions such as, “What ethical obligations do we hold?” and “How do our moral commitments shape our response?” They also delved into the collective wisdom of the participants to find ways to ignite meaningful change in disaster management practices. Additionally, they pondered the potential irreversible consequences that may occur if proactive action is not taken.
Expressing gratitude for the support received, Kalokoh thanked the William Averette Anderson Fund for Hazard and Disaster Mitigation Education and Research, as well as the VCU L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs and the Natural Hazards Center. These organizations played a pivotal role in enabling the valuable work and research carried out by Kalokoh and his peers.
The workshop served as a platform to emphasize the importance of ethical conduct in the field of disaster science. With the increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters worldwide, it is essential to prioritize the well-being and safety of affected communities. Kalokoh’s presence at the event signifies Sierra Leone’s commitment to being at the forefront of disaster risk reduction and mitigation efforts.
Sierra Leone, a country susceptible to various natural hazards, has witnessed the devastating impact of disasters in the past. By actively participating in international conferences like the Annual Natural Hazards Workshop, Sierra Leonean scholars like Kalokoh aim to contribute to global knowledge and best practices in disaster management.
As a PhD student and Graduate Teaching/Research Assistant at Virginia Commonwealth University, Kalokoh’s involvement in such workshops showcases his dedication to furthering his expertise in the field of disaster science. His participation as a Bill Anderson Fund Fellow and an ASPA Founders’ Fellow adds prestige to his contributions, highlighting his potential to make significant advancements in disaster risk reduction.
With the insights gained from the workshop, Kalokoh and his peers are poised to implement ethical action and ensure that disaster science practices prioritize humanity and promote sustainable solutions. Their endeavors will undoubtedly play a vital role in safeguarding communities and minimizing the impact of future natural disasters.