Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

Faculty from CDRE presenting in South America

Faculty from the CDRE is currently in Chile presenting various topics in Emergency Management to the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso, in Valparaiso.  The staff will present a series of seminars throughout the week of October 27, 2014.  Topics include 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.

Fall 2014 CERT program off to a great start

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class for the Fall 2014 semester is off to a great start.  Students and community members are partaking in a five week program, learning the basics needed to help during an emergency in their community.  Students gain an understanding of how they can aid their fellow citizens before professional emergency providers arrive.  Team members learn skills in basic medical care, search and rescue, and fire extinguishment.

CERT Extinguisher Training

The CERT program for fall runs Monday and Wednesday nights through November 12th.  For more information on CERT and how to get involved in upcoming classes, click here.

CDRE hosts Hurricane Katrina Symposium

The CDRE and Millersvile University hosted the two day Katrina Symposium on October 2-3, 2014 in the Lehr Room of the Bogler Conference Center.  On day one, the conference kicked off with opening remarks from Dr. Yalda, Dr. Kirsten Bookmiller, and Dr. Robert Bookmiller. The day continued with talks from Bill Read, Retired Director of the National Hurricane Center, as well as Jane Kushma and Scott Manning from Jacksonville State University.


After lunch, Paul Govind discussed social vulnerability, followed by Steve Glassey who spoke on animals and disaster.  The first night concluded with dinner and the keynote speaker, Retired Colonel Earl "Pat" Santos, Jr., former Chief of Homeland Security for the Governor's Office of Homeland Security in Louisiana.  Mr. Santos spoke about lessons learned by Louisiana from Hurricane Katrina


Day two continued on Friday with speakers Pauline Cotelle from Université Paul Valéry, and Dr. Kirsten Bookmiller and Dr. Robert Bookmiller of Millersville University.  Thank you all who presented, and those who participated to make this event a success.

For the full symposium agenda, click here:

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For full presentation abstracts, click here

For participants’ bios, click here

CDRE Hosts First Ever Preparedness Day

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

Students visited with the many safety vendors, including the FEMA, CERT, Blue Rock Fire & Rescue, and student AMS booths.  Students made a “Pledge to Prepare”, earning a chance to win many safety related prizes, and a grand prize of a Samsung tablet.

We hope to see you all again next year!

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.