In Focus

The Beginnings

The beginnings of NCDP

November 8, 2023

Reflections from Founding Director Dr. Redlener. Read more.

Tags: Disaster Resilience, Disaster Recovery, Disaster Preparedness

Catastrophic Incentives

Catastrophic Incentives

October 3, 2023

Jeff Schlegelmilch explores why society is underprepared for natural and human-made disasters. Read more.

Tags: Disaster Preparedness, disaster risk reduction

Flooding debris is stacked along State Street, near the state capital building in VT - Photo Charles Krupa

Op-ed: Just ask Vermont

August 17, 2023

Climate mitigation alone doesn’t address extreme events. Read more.

Tags: Climate Change, flooding, Disaster Preparedness

Climage Change - NYC

New Training Grant

January 30, 2023

NCDP has won a training grant on climate resilience and equitable disaster response. Read more.

Tags: Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, Climate Resilience

Total Pending Bills

2023 Legislative Season

January 11, 2023

What climate resilience policies are in store for state legislatures? Read about it here.

Tags: Disaster Resilience, Policy, Climate Resilience

high school student at a computer

High School Pre-College Program

September 2, 2022

This fall, Joshua DeVincenzo will teach Climate Impacts: Uncovering (In)Justice in Disaster Preparedness and Recovery. Learn more.

Tags: Climate Change, Disaster Preparedness, Social Vulnerability

Hurricane Ida

2022 Hurricane Season

June 2, 2022

Officials brace for what could be another busy hurricane season. Read more.

Tags: Climate Change, flooding, Disaster Preparedness

Refugees after fleeing the war. AP Photo Sergei Grits

Ukrainian Refugees In Poland

April 28, 2022

Dr. Redlener talks with MSNBC about the conditions of children refugees in Poland. Watch now.

Tags: Children in Crisis, Ukraine Russian War

Antonia Samur, a staff associate at Columbia Climate School’s National Center for Disaster Preparedness, speaks with participants at a workshop before the arrival of Cyclone Batsirai.

NCDP In Madagascar

April 4, 2022

Hurricane simulation transforms into a real-life disaster response. Read more.

Tags: Disaster Preparedness, exercise

2022 International Women's Day

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2022

See NCDP staff featured In the Columbia Climate School’s roundup of women leading the way in building a sustainable tomorrow.

Tags: Disaster Resilience, State of the Planet

Cyclone Batsirai

Preparing for Cyclone Batsirai in Madagascar

February 17, 2022

The World Customs Organization, Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation, and NCDP join efforts to support Madagascar for Cyclone Batsirai. Read more.

Tags: Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Management, exercise

Getty Photo - The rainbow around a power grid wire

The Electrical Grid of the Future

January 26, 2022

Op-ed: To build a more resilient future for all, the electrical grid must be built around community needs. Read more.

Tags: Utility Thought Leadership, Equity, Electrical Grid

Energy Grid at Sunrise

Covid-19 Decision Support

November 8, 2021

Data variability and contemporary COVID-19 decision support for a utility. Read more.

Tags: COVID-19, Utility Thought Leadership

PV solar panels installed at Dearborn Homes in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood provide energy to the Bronzeville Community Microgrid.

Utilities and Economic Resilience

October 11, 2021

How utilities can help communities build economic resilience to disasters: Part II? Read how in the latest blog post from experts at NCDP and ComEd.

Tags: Climate Change, Disaster Resilience, Utility Thought Leadership

Twenty Years After 9-11

Twenty years after 9/11

September 7, 2021

How philanthropy and nonprofits aided recovery, join a joint NCDP and SPS webinar on September 9 at 6:30 PM. Click here to register

Tags: 9/11, Emergency Management, Community Resiliency

Drought and Hurricane

High School Immersion Program

September 3, 2021

How do high school students combat the climate crisis and plan for community resilience after a disaster? Read how.

Tags: Climate Change, Preparedness, Emergency Management

COVID-19 testing and vaccination bus

Vaccines for All

June 17, 2021

Cher donates a COVID-19 testing and vaccination bus to the NYC Health + Hospitals Test & Trace Corps through CherCares with Dr. Redlener. Learn more.

Tags: COVID-19, CherCares

Children working at a table with masks on

RCRC Issue Briefs

May 3, 2021

Putting children at the forefront of disaster policy blog. Read in English and Español.

Tags: Community Resiliency, Children & Disasters

Rethinking Readiness in the face of 21st-Century Disasters Webinar

NDEM Webinar

April 26, 2021

Rethinking Readiness in the Face of 21st-Century Disasters, April 28, 1 PM EDT. Register here.

Tags: Preparedness, Response

Sarah Giles, a PhD student at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Earth Day 2021

April 22, 2021

What can we learn from the past year? Read more.

Tags: Climate Change, Community Resiliency, COVID-19

Children during Covid-19

COVID-19 Recovery Must Prioritize Children

February 18, 2021

Op-Ed: Dr. Redlener and Jeff Schlegelmilch discuss COVID-19 and children and propose five child-centric recovery objectives. Read here.

Tags: Community Resiliency, Children & Disasters, COVID-19

RCRC Issue Briefs

January 22, 2021

The RCRC Initiative has released a set of digital issue briefs on contemporary policy priorities for children & disasters. Explore them here & read an EI blog post here.

Tags: Children & Disasters, Vulnerable Populations, RCRC Initiative, COVID-19

Revamp Disaster Management

January 22, 2021

Jeff Schlegelmilch proposes four ways the new administration should be planning for the next wave of disasters. Read here.

Tags: Climate Change, Preparedness, Emergency Management, Biden Administration

Op-Ed: Vaccine Equity and Trust

January 14, 2021

Jeff Schlegelmilch and Jonathan Sury discuss the strategic use of public data for equitable vaccine distribution. Read here.

Tags: COVID-19, Vaccines, Health Disparities, Trust

President-elect Joe Biden

Biden Must Be Ready for Disaster.

December 17, 2020

Op-ed by Irwin Redlener, Jeff Schlegelmilch, & Sean Hansen. Three key issues for Biden, read more.

Tags: Climate Change, Preparedness, Community Resiliency, COVID-19

Man walking in flooded waters by a house

FEMA Training

December 11, 2020

Click here for free economic and housing disaster recovery training in both virtual instructor-led and web-based formats.

Tags: Recovery, Training

Remote Teaching - Phil Roeder-Flickr CC

The Science Behind COVID-19

November 11, 2020

K-12 educators, join
Dr. Redlener and other experts on Dec. 5th to learn about the science behind the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn More.

Tags: Children, COVID-19

COVID19 - From Recovery to Resilience

COVID19: From Recovery to Resilience

September 14, 2020

Josh DeVincenzo will be teaching an online workshop that will be a multi-faceted learning experience on the emergency management challenges of COVID-19. Sign Up Today.

Tags: Emergency Management, COVID-19

9 11 Memorial NYC

From 9/11 to COVID-19:

September 11, 2020

Old Habits, Lessons Learned, & Work to Be Done
Op-Ed by Jeff Schlegelmilch and Ellen P. Carlin. Nineteen years ago, the challenges of the new millennium began to show themselves in the most unspeakable of terms. Read more.

Tags: 9/11, COVID-19

School Buses

Reopening Schools

August 11, 2020

Op-Ed: Irwin Redlener weighs the pros and cons of when and how to reopen schools is fall. Read more.

Tags: COVID-19, Reopen Schools

Jeff Schlegelmilch

NCDP Leadership Transition

June 15, 2020

Deputy director Schlegelmilch will assume director position effective 7/1/20. Dr. Redlener to step down as director and receive senior research scholar appointment.

Children of Puerto Rico and #COVID-19

April 8, 2020

Join us for a live RCRC Initiative-led webinar series kicking off on 4/8/2020, in partnership with IDJ, that focuses on the unique needs of children in Puerto Rico.

Tags: Children & Disasters, COVID-19

Crisis Leadership for a Pandemic

March 24, 2020

In a new piece by Joe Pfeifer, NCDP’s Director of Crisis Leadership, he outlines principles learned from major disasters which apply to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On the Watch: COVID-19

February 19, 2020

Stay up-to-date with NCDP’s commentary on the emerging situation of COVID-19. Read Dr. Redlerner’s latest update here.

Leading with Impact

August 14, 2019

NCDP Adjunct, Joe Pfeifer, is among the featured faculty for a 2-day workshop on leadership for complex challenges at the School of International and Public Affairs. More info here.

Mass Shootings: How to Reassure Children

August 8, 2019

In light of the recent shootings, Dr. Redlener offers guidance on how to proactively help children cope after the crisis. Read his perspective here.

Tags: Children & Disasters, Mass Shootings, Disaster Communications

Jackie Ratner

Jackie Ratner Awarded AGU Fellowship

March 27, 2019

Jackie Ratner was named as a Policy Fellow for the American Geophysical Union’s Voices for Science class of 2019. Read more about this prestigious fellowship here.

Climate Change and National Security

February 27, 2019

NCDP Deputy Director Jeff Schlegelmilch speaks on i24’s Stateside about the new White House Panel questioning the impact of climate change on national security. Watch it here.

Financing Catastrophe

February 11, 2019

In their latest piece in The Hill, Jeff Schlegelmilch and Rachel Alter discuss how we pay for disasters, and what it means for building resilience. Read more here.

Hurricane Florence

September 14, 2018

We have launched a new microsite focused on Hurricane Florence. The site contains a running list of NCDP staff in the media, mapping tools, and preparedness resources.

Tags: Hurricane Florence

Arkansans Ask: Children & Disasters

May 17, 2017

The Resilient Children / Resilient Communities Initiative was featured on an episode of AETN’s Arkansans Ask focusing on Children & Disasters. Watch the full episode here.

Tags: Community Resiliency, Community Engagement, Children & Disasters

NCDP at NACCHO Preparedness Summit

April 24, 2017

NCDP experts will be presenting at the NACCHO Public Health Preparedness Summit. Check out Tue 4/25 sessions: A-11 Using Real-Time Geospatial Social Media Data for Disaster Response and (B-2) Developing Community Resilience with a Special Focus on Child-Serving Institutions: Perspectives from Two Pilot Communities. Also visit our Booth # 307 in the Exhibit Hall on Wed and Thurs (4/26 and 4/27).

Tags: Children & Disasters, Preparedness Summit, SMEM, GIS

Keeping Kids Cool: Extreme Heat Tips

August 12, 2016

Download a new tipsheet of child-focused extreme heat guidelines appropriate for families, caregivers, and child-serving organizations.

Tags: Climate Change, Community Resiliency, heatwave

New Report on US Preparedness

May 12, 2016

Read the full report on US attitudes about family preparedness, trust in government, climate change, terrorism and more.

Tags: Climate Change, Disaster Research, Preparedness, Children & Disasters

New Report on Terrorism

May 3, 2016

Anger Versus Fear: Perceptions of Terrorism Among the American Public. Download the full report including opinion breakdown by political affiliation.

Tags: Disaster Research, terrorism

Op-Ed on School Preparedness

April 29, 2016

New Op-Ed highlighting the need for National investment and stronger leadership in school preparedness featured on The Hill’s Congress Blog by Jeff Schlegelmilch, Erin Sehnert, and Irwin Redlener.

Op-Ed: Flint Crisis

January 27, 2016

Dr. Redlener discusses the sheer magnitude of the disaster, the required response, and the legacy this may leave on Flint’s children. Read the Op-Ed.

Preparedness Summit

April 14, 2015

Join NCDP at this year’s Preparedness Summit. Click to learn more about live workshops and presentations.

Tags: Preparedness

Sandy – 2 Years Later

October 29, 2014

2 years after Superstorm Sandy made landfall, communities are still struggling to rebuild. Read more.

Tags: Recovery, Huricane Sandy, Disaster Research

Science Preparedness

October 7, 2014

Watch Dr. Abramson discuss Science Preparedness and Public Health Practice and Increasing Coordination to Improve Disaster Response.

Tags: Preparedness, Response, Public Health, Disaster Research, Science Preparedness

On the Watch: Ebola

September 18, 2014

Follow up-to-date news and commentary regarding the Ebola outbreak. Read more.

Tags: Public Health, Ebola, on the watch

Disaster Planning for Vulnerable Populations

September 4, 2014

Read Levin, Berliner, and Merdjanoff’s new article “Leveraging Community Human Service Organizations Direct Service Delivery Personnel.” Download now.

Tags: Disaster Research, Community Resiliency, Community Engagement, Vulnerable Populations

NEW Issue #12: Children & Disasters Bulletin

September 2, 2014

Dr. Bob Kanter reviews current outbreaks, critical care guidance in a disaster, and addresses ventilator allocation during a pandemic. Read this issue.

Tags: Disaster Research, Community Resiliency, MERS-CoV, Ebola, Children & Disasters

Disasters: The Wake-Up Calls That Never Happen

April 16, 2014

Dr. Irwin Redlener discusses how some events fail to trigger better preparedness. Listen now.

Tags: Preparedness, Response, Interview

SHOREline Kickoff Video

April 9, 2014

See the SHOREline team and youth kickoff this exciting project. Watch the video now.

Tags: Gulf Coast, Youth, Community Resiliency, SHOREline, Community Engagement

Good Practices for Journalists, Post-Disaster

March 18, 2014

Dr. Irwin Redlener was interviewed by Newseum’s ‘Journalism/Works’ on good practices for journalists after a disaster. Listen to the interview.

Tags: Response, Harlem Building Collapse, Disaster Journalism

Preparedness Wizard

September 10, 2013

Create a personal emergency preparedness plan NOW! Launch Wizard.

Tags: Preparedness, Community Resiliency, Preparedness Wizard, Community Engagement

38th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop

July 13, 2013

NCDP had a strong presence at the 38th Annual Natural Hazards Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. Read more

Tags: Huricane Sandy, Response, Public Health, Emergency Management, Disaster Research, Youth, Community Resiliency

IOM Workshop

June 10, 2013

NCDP delivered a keynote address, anchored a panel, and featured a white paper on PRR for Children & Families. Read more.

Tags: Preparedness, Recovery, Children, Workshop, Institute of Medicine, Response, Families

Boston Explosions

April 15, 2013

Commentary from Irwin Redlener, MD on the Boston Explosions and resources on emergency response, talking to children, and citizen responsibility.

Tags: boston explosion

Behind the Backlash

January 2, 2013

Visiting Faculty Dr. Lori Peek’s latest book ‘Behind the Backlash‘ seeks to explain why blame and scapegoating occur after a catastrophe.

Tags: 9/11