University of Oklahoma Resilience Development Institute First Session Only 3 Months Away–Join Us!

The University of Oklahoma Resilience Development Institute is a little more than 3 months away.  I am honored to serve as Chairman of its Advisory Board, serving alongside national and global leaders in disaster resilience and recovery. Come join us in making history as the first leader-taught, applied learning certification program in the field is launched.  Be a member of CLASS NUMBER ONE and make a difference in your community, your state, your country, and your world! See for more and to register.

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Meet ReDI Board Members:

Alex Kaplan

Vice President, Global Partnerships

Senior Client Manager
Alex Kaplan is Vice President of Global Partnerships for Swiss Re developing and executing innovative risk transfer solutions to help governments, international financial institutions and NGOs at all levels manage their financial risks.

Kaplan joined Swiss Re in 2008 as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs representing Swiss Re’s commercial interests before governors, state insurance regulators and legislators as well as members of Congress and appointed members of the Federal government.

Chris Poland

Consulting Engineer
A world renowned authority on earthquake engineering and champion of disaster resilience, Chris Poland’s passion for vibrant, sustainable, and healthy communities drives his consulting practice. He focuses on community resilience and the buildings and systems that contribute to it.

He is the past Chair of the Advisory Committee to the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, and current Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Structural Safety of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Facilities.


Managing Climate and Natural Disaster Risk
Re/insurance plays an important role in managing climate and natural disaster risk, and that’s why it’s part of Swiss Re’s core business. Natural disasters cost the global insurance industry around USD 45 billion in 2013, but the human toll was higher: according to the Swiss Re sigma publication “Natural catastrophes and man-made disasters in 2013,” 26,000 lives were lost.Read More…
Our certification courses provide tools and training that can be immediately applied on the job. Training your leaders in resilience makes your community or organization stronger, more stable, and more ready to respond and recover from a disaster.
Heather Reichert,

Executive Director

Center for Energy & Economic Development
University of Oklahoma


OU Resilience Development Institute
University of Oklahoma Outreach – College of Continuing Education
1700 Asp Avenue #209, Norman, OK 73072 – Phone: (405) 325-3136   Fax: (405) 325-7044
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