Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

CDRE to Host First Ever Preparedness Day

The Center for Disaster Research & Education will hold its inaugural Preparedness Day around the grounds of the Luzerne Building on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 from 11AM until 2PM.

Stop by to make a “Pledge to Prepare” and enter for a chance to win one of many prizes including the grand prize: Samsung Galaxy Tab4

Samsung Tablet

Free food and drinks will be served as well.  For more information on the event, click on the flyer link here: Preparedness Day

Where to find us?  Click here: Map

Research Symposium Announcement

The Global Katrina Effect, 2005-2015:
Hurricane Katrina’s Impact on Disaster Management Systems Worldwide
October 2-3, 2014
All Sessions and the Keynote Address Will Be Held
 in Lehr Room, Bolger Conference Center, Gordinier Hall,
Millersville University

August 2015 will mark the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, considered to be one of the defining historic events within the emergency management field in the United States. Less known is that Katrina also had a powerful impact upon emergency management systems worldwide, over a variety of subject areas, ranging from emergency preparedness to coastal management to vulnerable populations to companion animals.

To highlight the global lessons drawn from Hurricane Katrina, Millersville University will host an international and interdisciplinary research symposium on October 2-3, 2014 which will bring together policymakers, practitioners and academics from Australia, France, New Zealand and the U.S. Gulf Coast region as well as CDRE Faculty Associates, to share their original findings on this important topic.   In addition, the Center is honored to feature Colonel (Retired) Earl “Pat” Santos, Jr., Former Chief of Homeland Security, Former Deputy Director and Former Interim Director of Emergency Management, Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and current Director of Business Development, Stephenson Disaster Management Institute, Louisiana State University, as the keynote speaker on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:00pm.

Symposium Topics Include:    

  • The Effects of Katrina on Forecasting and Managing the Risk Associated with Storm Surge
  • The Hurricane Katrina Influence on Disaster Case Management Programs and Process
  • The Role of Local Government in Reducing Social Vulnerability to Climate Related Extreme Events
  • Animals in Disaster: From Katrina to the Canterbury Earthquakes
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005-2015:  Louisiana’s Lessons Learned (Symposium Keynote)
  • Lessons From the Katrina Experience in Anticipating and Managing Crime During and After Disasters
  • Wealthy Countries as International Aid Recipients:  The United States and the Lessons of Katrina

For the full symposium agenda, click here:

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For full presentation abstracts, click here,

For participants’ bios, click here

The Global Katrina Effect symposium is free and open to the public.  No registration is required.

For further information or questions, please contact co-organizers or

CDRE is also pleased to announce that the International Journal of Emergency Management  will dedicate a special issue to “The Global Katrina Effect” to appear in Summer 2015.

Please click here for the “call for papers” for this special IJEM issue

IAEM GSC Italy Contest Winner

Congratulations is in store for Heather Beal, an MSEM student was selected as the winner of the IAEM GSC Italy Contest 2014. As the winner she will be provided with complimentary registration to the 2014 IAEM - USA conference in San Antonio.

Millersville IAEM Wins Student Chapter of the Year

On the heels of a successful year in the chapter’s history thanks to a plethora of esteemed Emergency Management speakers and many other accomplishments, the chapter received the well-regarded IAEM 2014 “Student Chapter of the Year” award.  Under the supervision of Dr. Duane Hagelgans, numerous initiatives related to the club were implemented including upgrading from the existing Blackboard virtual classroom platform to a more user-friendly Google Hangouts setup.  Other improvements have been to substitute some of the outside speakers for a more engaging “Open Forum” a Town-hall meeting of sorts in which those in attendance can openly discuss issues related to Emergency Management and come up with practical solutions. 

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)

Internships & Co-ops


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

Contact Information

Luzerne Building
8 High School Avenue

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Contact Numbers
Tel: (717) 872-3631
Fax: (717) 871-2429

Contact Email


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.