Recognizing both the importance of the incorporation of disaster management studies in university curricula and the significance of disaster resilient universities in disaster-prone communities, SDMI is currently hosting visitors from the Central American Council of Universities (CSUCA) sponsored by USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Georgetown University’s Executive Master of Professional Studies in Emergency and Disaster Management program to showcase Louisiana’s disaster and emergency management capabilities.
SDMI will introduce the Central American delegation of professors and university administrators to federal, state and local, including university-level, programs that are in place in Louisiana to help better prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters. The delegation will visit federal, state and local agencies, and non-governmental organizations responsible for disaster planning and response activities, and will discuss with university faculty and staff disaster and epidemic-related academic programs as well as projects which have been incorporated into the university curricula.
“We are honored to welcome our esteemed guests to Louisiana and to LSU,” says Joseph Booth, Executive Director of SDMI. “Large scale disasters have given Louisiana the opportunity to design and deploy cutting edge capability in dealing with disasters. There is a tremendous university role in disaster management that we continue to develop. Working with practitioners and universities worldwide allows us to learn from each other and document practices that mitigate disaster hazards.”
The CSUCA delegation will also visit with officials and faculty from New Orleans universities that were impacted by Hurricane Katrina to discuss continuity of operations and emergency management for institutions of higher learning and see the ongoing revitalization of post-Katrina New Orleans.
Sidney Velado, Regional Advisor for the USAID- OFDA Office for Latin America and the Caribbean has great expectations for their visit to SDMI and Louisiana. “For USAID’s OFDA, serving as a bridge to Latin American universities to learn from LSU and Louisiana universities impacted by Hurricane Katrina will go a long way into incorporating disaster management into different diciplines and towards fostering resilient universities,” says Velado.… Read the rest