COVID-19 Global Pandemic
The global crisis caused by COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on a global scale. In response to the need for relevant resources and commentary, NCDP has launched a new COVID-19 resource microsite. During this time of uncertainty, we here at the National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), are focused on ensuring a rapid, evidence-based response to the COVID-19 outbreak, while also working to protect the physical and mental well-being of those that are most vulnerable. The site will be updated on a regular basis with expert commentary, tools and resources, and virtual events.
New Report shows that an inadequate COVID-19 response likely resulted in 130,000 – 210,000 avoidable deaths. The analysis finds American lives could have been saved if the US government response had followed International best practices.
Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative (PRRI)
In response to the Covid-19 global pandemic, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute has created the Pandemic Resource and Response Initiative (PRRI) to provide solid, reliable insights, information, and perspectives on the evolving issues. PRRI and its partnership with CherCares, is providing personal preparedness equipment (PPE), treatment, and testing to rural and urban communities who have minimal access to physical protection and medical care. Select here to learn more.
FEMA Training Grants
NCDP has been awarded several FEMA training grants to develop and deliver instructor-led and web-based courses on a variety of topics focused around economic and housing recovery.
Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative
Child serving institutions are central to a community’s preparedness, and to ensure the well-being of children before, during and after disasters. 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. Under a grant from GSK, NCDP is working to change this. To learn more about the RCRC Initiative, visit the RCRC Homepage.
In partnership with community leaders, the Resilient Children/Resilient Communities (RCRC) Initiative analyzed, recommended, and implemented procedures, training, and guidance to help build child-focused community resilience to disasters. As a result of the RCRC Initiative efforts, RCRC Toolbox has been created. The RCRC Toolbox is a dynamic collection of resources developed and curated throughout this initiative for the benefit of those working to make our communities and our children more resilient to disasters. This collection of tools and resources can be shared widely with communities nationwide.
Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (RCYC Study)
To continue assessing the impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill on families and their children, the “Understanding Resilience Attributes for Children, Youth, and Communities in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill” (RCYC) study was launched by NCDP and Louisiana State University, funded by the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI). The study findings will help to see if there is evidence that health impacts on children and their families are getting better, worse, or staying the same as years go by. Our field team is currently interviewing in five communities in Louisiana.