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Launching The Children’s Disaster Resiliency & Recovery Program (CDRR)


Representing the culmination years of disaster research and policy analysis, the CDRR will build on the deep experience and expertise of NCDP to help communities recover from large-scale disasters as rapidly as possible, focusing on re-establishing new normal conditions, resilient child-serving institutions and building adaptation and resiliency among children and families.

October 18, 2017

Remarks by Jeff Schlegelmilch to the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense Meeting to Discuss Budget Reform


The following are the prepared remarks of Jeff Schlegelmilch, Deputy Director of the National Center for disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, for the May 1 Public Meeting of the Blue Ribbon Study Panel on Biodefense to Discuss Budget Reform. I would like to thank the panel for the invitation to speak today, as well as for your continued work towards improving our nation’s biodefense capabilities. At the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, we have been

May 1, 2017

The Changing Nature of Terrorism: What You Need to Know Now


It has long made sense to promote individual, family, and community resilience, but the notion of being “prepared” took on new urgency in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks. America grappled with the possibility of more complex, large-scale attacks devised and operationalized by nefarious and powerful organizations based in other regions of the world. The possibility of such terror operations remains. Weapons of mass destruction from chemical and biological agents to the deployment of improvised nuclear devices and cyberattacks will always be “in the realm of possibility.” What has also emerged over the past few years though, is a heightened focus on smaller scale attacks that are nonetheless capable of inducing terror in a target population without needing complex, costly and time-consuming planning like a 9/11 style attack. While these less elaborate schemes generally have fewer fatalities and less evident physical destruction, they are clearly capable of causing uncertainty, panic

September 23, 2016

On the 15th Anniversary of the 9/11 Attacks


Today marks 15 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks that forever changed our nation. In some ways these events awakened us to threats of terrorism that we had previously failed to understand in

September 11, 2016