FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Innovative Program Focuses on Leadership during Disasters   [open pdf - 35KB]

Alternate Title: Innovative Program Focuses on Leadership during Disasters

"When educators at Tulane University returned to campus after Hurricane Katrina evacuations, they faced the storm's devastation. Like other colleges and universities in and around New Orleans, Tulane sustained millions of dollars in damages and halted academics for months after the storm. Faculty, staff, and students faced serious disruptions in their work, classes, and lives. But in the Tulane community's recovery, administrators saw academic opportunity. They realized their campus had become an ideal setting for disaster management students as a living laboratory of resilience and rebuilding. With a focus on leadership at the local level, Tulane administrators developed a new academic program to educate graduate students on planning for, responding to, and reducing the risks of future disasters. The program became the new Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA)."

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