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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 more than 280,000 in 2004, Brigham Young University Professor Ron Harris knew his simple geologic outreach approach could prevent disasters like this from happening again.

Our Work

Risk Assessment

Our geohazards research and monitoring in populated regions threatened by nature provides ways to predict who is most at risk. 

Risk Communication

We work with local community leaders and educators to communicate risk to those in harm's way.

Risk reduction

We help local communities to implement natural hazard risk reduction strategies. Our efforts have saved over 10,000 lives. 

Staff Highlight

Dr. Harris standing in front of Cherry Hill Elementary, one of the many schools he and others advocated for rebuilding to seismic code. Read more here.

Ron Harris: Founder

Dr. Ron Harris claims he was born a geologist, which he discovered during his first geology course. This passion eventually guided him to decipher the pattern language of nature in ways that could save lives from natural disasters. 


Most geologists can predict who is it most at risk of natural hazards, but leave the communication and risk reduction (preparedness) to someone else.  Who is tasked with this job? Harris realized he is and that we all are. Ron created In Harm's way (501c3) to fund preparedness efforts that save lives from natural hazards. Thousands of lives have been saved by the strategy to combine advisement and action with assessment. Won't you join in our crusade?

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

Your generosity supports ongoing educational outreach efforts across the globe.  Help us save lives by fostering self-reliance and natural disaster risk reduction.

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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