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An Ounce of Disaster Prevention is Worth Tons of Disaster Relief

How In Harm's Way Started

After a devastating tsunami claimed the lives of 280,000 in 2004, Brigham Young University Professor Ron Harris knew his geologic research could make an impact on the lives of many Indonesian people.  

Our Work


Ongoing research in Indonesia, Mexico, and Utah helps keep people informed about seismic hazards in their area.


One of the most important things we do is educate locals on hazards and how to respond effectively.

Success Stories

Our efforts have saved over 50,000 lives in multiple events. 

Staff Highlight

Above: Dr. Harris standing in front of Cherry Hill Elementary, a school he advocated for the rebuilding to seismic code. Read more here.

Ron Harris: Founder

Dr. Ronald Harris was introduced to the theory of plate tectonics in his first geology course. This knowledge provided him with a way to translate the pattern language of nature into something he could understand and therefore captivating his interest in investigating tectonic processes in young and old mountain systems as well as other interesting problems.


As a result of his knowledge and career, Dr. Harris decided to develop an organization that would help aid underrepresented communities through education and preparation of earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters as a result of active tectonic evolutions. Harris’s passion for this cause led to the founding of In Harm’s Way which has helped educate, prepare, and save the lives of many.

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You Don't have to be a Doctor to Save Lives

Your generosity supports ongoing research and education efforts across the globe.  Help us save lives by fostering self-reliance and resilience to natural disasters.

Join Us in Building a Safer Tomorrow

Whether it's on our research team or in a volunteer position, we have a position for you at In Harm's Way. Contact us to learn more.

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