Nuclear Threat Preparedness
The threat of nuclear weapons being used in an international conflict – or by a terrorist organization – has been a persistent and rising concern for decades. This is a good time to think about what citizens and disaster response agencies need to know in the event of a nuclear detonation in their community.
To access guidance on what you should know, resources, and media engagement on the issue by NCDP experts, click here.
Click here to watch a TED Talk by Dr. Irwin Redlener: How to Survive a Nuclear Attack
Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative
Every day, 69 million children spend the day at a daycare center or school. Despite this, these institutions are left out of the preparedness and planning equation, sometimes without resources or the capacity to provide needed tools to quickly recover.
NCDP, partnered with GSK and Save the Children, to address this need for change With two pilot programs in the U.S. and a National Children’s Resilience Board, the Resilient Children Resilient Communities project (RCRC) will build a child-focused community resilience plan, as well as advocate for national policies supporting this vulnerable population.
To learn more about the RCRC Initiative, visit the RCRC Homepage.
Sandy Child & Family Health Study (S-CAFH)
The damage caused during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 was immediate, but the aftershocks for New Jersey residents continue in the form of enduring health, economic, environmental and social impacts.
To better understand these effects, the New Jersey Department of Health is supporting a joint research team from NCDP and Rutgers University Institute for Families to conduct the Sandy Child and Family Health (S-CAFH) Study, one of the largest disaster recovery projects and assessments in the region.
Study Findings now available.
Visualizing Social Media: New Tools for Research and Practice
Social media is an increasingly popular means of communication; nearly two-thirds of American adults use social networking sites as of 2015, according to the most recent Pew Research Report. Social media has tremendous potential as a communication tool during emergency situations, or to address public health goals. It provides a way for citizens to express their concerns and request help during a disaster, develop a connection and engage with civic entities at all levels, and mobilize in important ways to help communities during a disaster.
We now offer a free suite of trainings, tools, and resources focused on how social media can be utilized to enhance disaster response and speed recovery. This new suite offers an interactive online course, two video series on thought leadership and concepts in social media, and a literature review of current research and tools on the topic of social media in disasters.
To learn more about the “Visualizing Social Media’ project, visit the project homepage.
The Covering Recovery Project
The Covering Recovery Project, a joint initiative of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma and the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, works to improve reporting on the aftermath of disaster, community resilience and the realities of recovery, and build bridges between interdisciplinary experts in public health, medicine, government and emergency planning with working journalists. The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School is dedicated to improving media coverage of trauma, conflict and tragedy and addressing the consequences of such coverage for those working in journalism via research, training, and education.
The Covering Recovery Project hosted its inaugural lunchtime colloquium at the Columbia Journalism School on October 11. The discussion explores innovative approaches to storytelling and under-reported policy debates. Click here to watch a live recording of the event.