NCDP Perspectives

As Hurricane Michael moves inland, public data can help the most vulnerable


As Hurricane Michael moves further inland, bringing torrential rains and high winds with it, those who were most vulnerable before the storm are going to need the most assistance in its aftermath. This is a mantra that is relevant to hurricanes and other disasters. This is also well-described in research focusing on disproportional impact and recovery of vulnerable populations. But to really have that principle influence and improve disaster planning and response, we need a richer understanding of these vulnerabilities and better tools to incorporate them into the planning process.

August 8, 2019

Children in Crisis: Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Syrian Refugee Children


The project begins with a robust needs assessment process that will ensure that the best available science is integrated into the application, and that it is developed in a way that appropriately presents the information to be accessed by Syrian refuges from a wide range of circumstances. Based on this, we will then move into application development and piloting among Syrian refugees in a several locations.

November 4, 2018

Resilient Children/Resilient Communities: A Roadmap for National Disaster Resilience


This post was originally published on November 7, 2016 in The Hill Congress blog. In 2010 our center, the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, published findings based on research conducted in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina describing children as the “bellwethers” of disaster recovery. To put it simply, if one wants to know how a community is doing after a disaster, look to the children. If they are doing okay, then the community is probably doing okay. Children are dependent on many inter-related community factors that may influence their ability to bounce back after a disaster. Such factors include the conditions of schools, daycares, healthcare providers, and household and neighborhood environments. If one factor is falling short in supporting a child’s needs, it can affect their entire circle of security. This is because children are not fully capable of mobilizing resources and independently adapting to

December 16, 2016