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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 outreach could reduce the risk of natural hazards in the future. 

Our Work

Risk Assessment

Ongoing geoscience and preparedness research in Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Haiti, Mexico, and Utah helps keep people informed about natural hazards in their area and prepared to face them.

Risk Communication

We work with social and health scientists to evaluate effective ways to communicate to those in harm's way, what geohazards they face and how to develop response efficacy. 

Risk reduction

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

Staff Highlight

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

Ron Harris: Founder

Dr. Ron Harris realized he was a geologist in the making after his first geology course. This knowledge eventually helped him with a way to interpret the pattern language of nature in ways that could reduce losses of those in harm's way of natural hazards.


Identifying a need to not only assess, but also to help communicate and reduce risks to geohazards, Dr. Harris developed In Harm's way to work with underrepresented communities through education of, and preparation for, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural hazards. Many lives have been saved in this process.

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

Your generosity supports ongoing scientific 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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