Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

Register now for the 2015 Business Continuity Conference

The South Central PA Task Force will hold its fifth annual Regional Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness Conference on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA.

The one-day conference is FREE.

Click HERE fore information and the registration form.

Dr. Hagelgans opens New Mexico EM Conference


Dr. Hagelgans assists with the opening of the 2015 New Mexico Homeland Security and Emergency Management Conference in mid-August.  Dr. Hagelgans delivered a speech to more than 400 attendees on the opening day of the state conference.  His topic was "Planning for the Unexpected: A Black Swan Event".

Dr. Hagelgans spoke about his research into regionalization and how regional cooperation allows the emergency management field to better handle disasters, especially unprecedented disasters like the 2006 Nickel Mines Amish School shooting in Lancaster County, PA.  He discussed the four days he spent working through the tragedy and how this began his research into better regional cooperation in the emergency management field.

Our newest MSEM graduates

The faculty and staff of the CDRE congratulates our 2015 MSEM program graduates.  A graduation ceremony was held at the Millersville campus on Friday, May 8, 2015.

Class of 2015

Spring 2015 CERT

The Spring 2015 CERT program has successfully wrapped up for the semester.  Students learned basic skills and gained knowledge in various aspects of disaster management before a written and skills test.  Congratulations to our new 23 CERT graduates!

CERT 2015


Please be sure to check out the CERT page for more information and pictures of our training HERE.  We hope to see you in our Fall 2015 class!

Virtual Seminar Series concludes for Spring 2015


Our popular Virtual Seminar Series has concluded for the Spring 2015 semester.

Please check out the Virtual Seminar Series tab on the left for an archive of the presentations.

CDRE attends IAEM conference in San Antonio

IAEM 2014

Faculty and graduate assistants of the CDRE are attending the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference in San Antonio, TX the week of November 14-19, 2014.  Please stop by the CDRE/MSEM booth and say hello!


While attending the conference, MU-IAEM Chapter President Daniel Berndt accepts the Chapter of the Year award.

Award Presentation

Dan stands by award

You can find more information on the IAEM Conference here.

More CDRE News

There is much more going on at the CDRE.  Please click our "Recent News" tab on the left navigation bar to read more.

Or you can click here.

CDRE Mission Statement


Provide Multi-Disciplined Education, Research, & Internship Opportunities

  • current students interested in the field of environmental hazards and emergency/disaster management

Contribute to the Education of the Next Generation

  • disaster researchers, emergency managers, and knowledgeable community members

Conduct Research

  • behavioral and organizational response to disasters and terrorism, including the media
  • risk and hazards assessment

Disseminate Research Findings

  • Previous & new research literature, in a language and format that is useful to the general public, mass media personnel, and emergency management personnel-as well as researchers

Contribute to the Communities within the Region and Nation

  • pursuant to developing disaster resilient communities (FEMA)

Contact Information

Luzerne Building
8 High School Avenue

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Contact Numbers
Tel: (717) 871-7549
Fax: (717) 871-2429

Contact Email

Internships & Co-ops


Opportunities provided to give students hands on experience in the field.


The CDRE at Millersville University is a member of the Homeland Security Higher Education Consortium, Keystone Emergency Management Association, National Emergency Management Association, Emergency Management Higher Education Consortium and the International Association of Emergency Managers.