Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management
The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education approved the establishment of the NDSU Center for Disaster Studies and Emergency Management on Sept. 18, 2008. The establishment of the center is a natural outgrowth to NDSU's comprehensive degree program in emergency management. Professors Daniel Klenow and George Youngs are the directors of the center.
This center is intended as an organizational nexis for integrating the research efforts of multi-disciplinary groups of faculty as well as link the university to partners outside NDSU. The program already has established close ties with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Higher Education Project, under the auspices of the Emergency Management Institute, the premiere emergency management training institute for the Department of Homeland Security.
The center will provide supportive services for state Emergency Management Associations. The program has received two National Science Foundation Quick Response Grants administered through the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado-Boulder. One of the goals of the center will be to develop the capability to conduct quick response studies for disasters in our immediate region, which will help provide a rural, as well as urban, focus to the center.