Melanie Gall is an assistant professor at Arizona State University, where she co-directs the Center for Emergency Management and Homeland Security and manages the Spatial Hazard Events and Disaster Loss Database for the United States (SHELDUS). She is a trained hazards geographer studying the interaction between natural hazards and society. Her expertise lies in risk metrics (disaster losses, indices, risk assessments), hazard mitigation, and climate change adaptation planning, as well as environmental modeling. She holds a PhD from the University of South Carolina, an MS from the University of Salzburg (Austria), and a BS from the University of Heidelberg (Germany).
Inconsistent data collection makes disaster resilience more challenging than it needs to be. By opening up and making this data consistent, the Biden-Harris Administration can change the way we prepare and mitigate disaster for the better.