Our Mission

The mission of the Center for Disaster Management is to educate the next generation of researchers, analysts, policy makers and professional managers in disaster management-related disciplines through a world-class integrated program of innovative knowledge generation. It will enhance the quality of the educational experience for graduate and professional students who participate in the Center’s research and education projects.

Message from the Director

In communities across the world, we are facing increasingly complex, interrelated, and evolving risks. We are also facing critical decisions about how to best address these risks towards building a future in which we are more adaptable and resilient. The field of emergency management lies at the intersection of some of our most pressing social issues, and GSPIA’s Center for Disaster Management (CDM) serves as a resource for practitioners and students across disciplines to address these challenges through innovative research, collaboration, and education. Read more. 

 
Recent News
07/25/2017

Dr. Louise Comfort accepted the 2017 B. Wayne Blanchard Award for Academic Excellence in Emergency Management in Higher Education from North Dakota State University. The award is given annually to scholars who have made contributions to the field of emergency management, a field to which Dr. Comfort has dedicated her career. 

02/08/2017

In 2013, Prof. Louise Comfort received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to build a tsunami detection system in Padang, Indonesia.  As a result, Prof. Comfort’s research has led to the creation of a faster detection system to replace the more expensive buoy system, possibly adding crucial extra minutes of warning for vulnerable coastal cities.

06/24/2016

GSPIA Professor Louise Comfort, director of the Center for Disaster Management, has received the Distinguished Citizen Award from Macalester College. The Distinguished Citizen Award recognizes alumni who have exercised leadership in civic, social, religious and professional activities. Recipients demonstrate a practical acceptance of these obligations in their lives and work. Comfort graduated from Macalester in 1956. 

 

Center for Disaster Management
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