William Petak

Expert in disaster and emergency management

Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy


  • public policy and major disaster situations
  • legislative standards for mitigation of earthquake hazards
  • risk management and risk reduction
  • emergency management
  • disaster recovery
  • systems management
  • technological and natural hazards
  • earthquake hazards studies
  • training of emergency managers

Additional Information

  • Commissioner, Los Angeles County Citizens’ Economy Efficiency Commission
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Earthquake Safety Foundation
  • Co-author of Natural Hazard Risk Assessment and Public Policy: Anticipating the Unexpected (1982); Politics and Economics of Earthquake Hazard Mitigation (1986); and Disabled Persons and Earthquake Hazards (1988) Editor of Emergency Management (1985)

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