Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

MSEM Students help update University's Emergency Operations Plan

Millersville University has just adopted an updated EOP.  Students of the MSEM program aided in the retooling of this vital plan.  Please read the attached press release for more information on this exciting news from the CDRE.

EOP Press Release

Click HERE for the Millersville University EOP.

Ebola, social media, & cybersecurity: Millersville CDRE is very active

The CDRE has been well represented in various emergency management activates across the region in early October 2015.

October is National Cybersecurity Month, and the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission held a meeting in Harrisburg between governmental, private and academic entities on Thursday, October 1st.  Dr. Hagelgans, assistant professor at the CDRE addressed the room with information on the importance of cybersecurity.  The CDRE represented the academic and emergency management communities as the PUC released its cybersecurity best practices, outlining methods to best secure identity and property from theft.


Dr. Duane Hagelgans of the CDRE addresses the audience at the PUC conference on cybersecurity.

On Friday, October 2nd, the CDRE was well represented as several students and instructors attended a conference at the Hershey Lodge where keynote speaker Dr. Ian Crozier discussed lessons learned from the recent Ebola crisis.  Dr. Crozier is an internationally known Ebola survivor, and he spoke of his near brush with death and passed along personal experiences and lessons from his case.  Scott Mickalonis, emergency preparedness program manager at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and MSEM graduate was a speaker at the conference and an integral part of the planning committee.


The CDRE attends an Ebola conference in Hershey.  Pictured from left to right: Ann Harach, Pamela Drake, Scott Mickalonis, Dr. Duane Hagelgans, Hannah Fritz, Joey Cooper, and Sara Schmidt.

On Tuesday, October 6th a group of instructors and students from the CDRE attended a social media conference at the Cumberland County Department of Public Safety in Carlisle.  Dr. Hagelgans coordinated the program and registration.  The course titled “Social Media for Disaster Response and Recovery” is part of a series which is designed to engage emergency planners in social media, exploring trends and opportunities for disaster management in an ever expanding medium.


The CDRE attends a social media for disasters conference.  Pictured from left to right: Dr. Theresa Russell-Loretz, Connie Jefferies, Mary Kate Hudson, Joseph Seborowski, Dr. Duane Hagelgans, Ann Harach, and Brian Remmey. Missing from photo: John Owens.

CDRE gets a facelift


The CDRE, in an attempt to increase visibility on campus recently received a facelift.  A brand new window sign now adorns the large window in the Luzerne House on campus.  The sign represents the growth and visibility of the Center and its cornerstone Master of Science in Emergency Management program.  The Luzerne House is home to faculty, graduate assistants, and staff, along with our vast library of emergency management resources.  Stop by and say hello if you're ever on campus.

Fall 2015 CERT program underway


The Fall 2015 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is being held on Saturdays through mid-October this year.  Learn how to assist your community in time of disaster when CERT is offered again in Spring 2016.

Read more by clicking HERE.

Free Virtual Seminar Series slated for Fall 2015


Our popular Virtual Seminar Series is back for the FALL 2015 semester.

Please check out the Virtual Seminar Series tab on the left details and registration information.

The seminars are FREE and held on select Fridays this fall!  Join us and spread the word.

Download the LiveSafe App today!


Millersville University has adopted the free LiveSafe app for smart phones.  The new app allows you to reach police in an emergency as well as submit tips or campus concerns via call or anonymous text.  The app contains other safety features and options to provide a deeper safety net to users, especially students.

Just search for LiveSafe in your app store and then select Millersville University fo the agency list to get started.

Read the LancasterOnline article on the app's adoption at Millersville HERE.

Register now for the 2015 Business Continuity Conference

The South Central PA Task Force will hold its fifth annual Regional Business Continuity and Emergency Preparedness Conference on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg, PA.

The one-day conference is FREE.

Click HERE fore information and the registration form.

Spring 2015 CERT

The Spring 2015 CERT program has successfully wrapped up for the semester.  Students learned basic skills and gained knowledge in various aspects of disaster management before a written and skills test.  Congratulations to our new 23 CERT graduates!

CERT 2015


Please be sure to check out the CERT page for more information and pictures of our training HERE.  We hope to see you in our Fall 2015 class!

More CDRE News

There is much more going on at the CDRE.  Please click our "Recent News" tab on the left navigation bar to read more.

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CDRE Mission Statement


Provide Multi-Disciplined Education, Research, & Internship Opportunities

  • current students interested in the field of environmental hazards and emergency/disaster management

Contribute to the Education of the Next Generation

  • disaster researchers, emergency managers, and knowledgeable community members

Conduct Research

  • behavioral and organizational response to disasters and terrorism, including the media
  • risk and hazards assessment

Disseminate Research Findings

  • Previous & new research literature, in a language and format that is useful to the general public, mass media personnel, and emergency management personnel-as well as researchers

Contribute to the Communities within the Region and Nation

  • pursuant to developing disaster resilient communities (FEMA)

Contact Information

Luzerne Building
8 High School Avenue

Office Hours
Mon.-Fri. 9a.m. – 5p.m.

Contact Numbers
Tel: (717) 871-7549
Fax: (717) 871-2429

Contact Email

Internships & Co-ops


Opportunities provided to give students hands on experience in the field.


The CDRE at Millersville University is a member of the Homeland Security Higher Education Consortium, Keystone Emergency Management Association, National Emergency Management Association, Emergency Management Higher Education Consortium and the International Association of Emergency Managers.