Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

MSEM graduate wins essay award

Heather Beal, a recent graduate of the MSEM program, recently won the 2014 IAEM-Global Student Council Essay Competition.  Her essay is featured in the January 2015 edition of the IAEM Bulletin.

Please take a moment to read over her award winning article in the link here.

Congratulations Heather!

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.

MSEM student takes part in air crash drill

Photo Credit: Sun Sentinel
(Amy Heimberger, 3rd row, takes part in an airport crash drill in Florida. PHOTO CREDIT: Ken Kaye, Sun Sentinel)

The MSEM program prides itself on a diverse online learning experience, but students are often encouraged to take part in many real world experiences to round out their education.  Recently Amy Heimberger, a first semester MSEM student, took part in an airport crash drill at the Fort Lauderdale airport.

Read more in the Sun Sentinel article: Airport firefighters train for airliner accidents in Lauderdale

Faculty from CDRE present in South America

Faculty from the CDRE recently traveled to Chile presenting various topics in Emergency Management to the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, in Valparaiso.  The staff presented a series of seminars throughout the week of October 27-31, 2014.  Topics included emergency management, fire services, disaster law, social work, natural disasters, and climate change.  The goal is to spread knowledge gained at the CDRE across international boundaries through these educational opportunities.

Dr. Yalda opens the CDRE Visit

For more pictures, check out the gallery 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.

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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.