Centers of Interest

Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence – Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (DIEM) focuses on advancing understanding of hazard resilience and transferring that knowledge into action, resulting in reduced loss of life or injury and lessened damages to the built and natural environment. The Center achieves its mission through four research focus areas: 1) Coastal Hazard Modeling; 2) Engineering to Enhance the Resilience of the Built and Natural Environment; 3) Disaster Response and Social Resilience; and 4) Planning for Resilience.

The Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR) at New York University (NYU) was founded in 2002 as a university-wide, cross-disciplinary center to improve preparedness and response capabilities to catastrophic events including terrorism, natural disasters, and public health emergencies. Drawing on the resources of NYU’s fourteen schools, CCPR facilitates research projects that address issues ranging from first responder capacity during crises, to public health response, to legal issues relating to security, to private sector crisis management and business continuity. CCPR currently manages twenty-two research projects including over sixty faculty and staff. The Center is a national resource with added focus on the unique issues related to emergency preparedness and response in the urban environment.

The Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters (CRED) was established in 1973 as a non-profit institution, with international status under the Belgian Law. It is located within the School of Public Health of the Universit√© Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Brussels. CRED became a World health Organization Collaborating Centre in 1980 and has expanded its support of the WHO Global Program for Emergency Preparedness and Response. CRED promotes research, training, and information dissemination on disasters, with a special focus on public health, epidemiology, structural and socio-economic aspects. It aims to enhance the effectiveness of developing countries’ disaster management capabilities as well as fostering policy-oriented research.

The Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, called “COE” for short, is a small U.S. Department of Defense organization whose focus is to improve civil-military coordination internationally, particularly for humanitarian assistance, disaster management, and peacekeeping. We do this primarily through training and education programs, consultations, and information sharing. COE was established in October 1994 and is headquartered on the grounds of Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The Disaster Research Center, the first social science research center in the world devoted to the study of disasters, was established at Ohio State University in 1963 and moved to the University of Delaware in 1985. The Center conducts field and survey research on group, organizational and community preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters and other community-wide crises. DRC researchers have carried out systematic studies on a broad range of disaster types, including hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, tornadoes, hazardous chemical incidents, and plane crashes.

Since 1976, the Natural Hazards Center has served as a national and international clearinghouse of knowledge concerning the social science and policy aspects of disasters. The Center collects and shares research and experience related to preparedness for, response to, recovery from, and mitigation of disasters, emphasizing the link between hazards mitigation and sustainability to both producers and users of research and knowledge on extreme events. Their mission is to advance and communicate knowledge on hazards mitigation and disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. A basic goal of the Center is to strengthen communication among researchers and the individuals, organizations, and agencies concerned with reducing damages caused by disasters.

The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) is a dynamic, forward-thinking organization that serves as a resource to enhance the practice of risk management throughout organizations and communities. Serving public entities, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations, PERI provides relevant and high quality enterprise risk management information, training, data, and data analysis. Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, PERI is a not-for-profit research institute that develops risk management education and training resources for local governments, school districts, small businesses, nonprofits and others. PERI is a tax-exempt, non-membership organization.

The Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government is a national, independent organization that researches and publishes on public policy issues, with a particular focus on the 50 states and the local governments within them. A public policy “think tank” that seeks to educate rather than advocate, the Institute focuses on: state fiscal issues, education, federalism, intergovernmental relations, urban issues, health care reform, social welfare policies, and faith-based solutions to social issues. Founded in 1981 and based in Albany, NY, the Institute operates under the aegis of the State University of New York system (SUNY), and often draws upon or coordinates with University resources. The primary goal of the Institute is to develop findings that state and local governments can use to become more effective.

HUMLOG is an international research network on humanitarian logistics. The aim of the HUMLOG Group is to research the area of humanitarian logistics in disaster preparedness, response and recovery with the intention of influencing future activities in a way that will provide measurable benefits to persons requiring assistance.



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