Center for Disaster Research & Education

Center for Disaster Research & Education

About the Center

The Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE) takes great pride in its association with a number of educational and research projects across the nation. The CDRE has been involved in a variety of community-based research projects including the development of disaster plans, state hazard mitigation planning, business community branding and education. 

The Center's faculty and students conduct research on various issues related to disasters, mitigation and planning. The CDRE has been involved in research funded through the National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and in collaboration with other academic research centers. 

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)

Student Chapter of the Year

2017-2018 Officers

The Millersville University’s Student Chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) has been selected to receive the 2017 International Association of Emergency Managers Student Chapter of the Year Award.  The Student Chapter of the Year Award recognizes an IAEM-registered student chapter which has made significant contributions in promoting IAEM, the Student Council and the field of emergency management through public awareness, increasing membership, showing leadership and initiative in education, and increasing the professionalism of emergency and disaster management.  The Chapter will be presented with the award at the IAEM 2017 Annual Conference (Nov 10-15, 2017) in Long Beach, CA.  A number of the officers including Andrew Yarosh, Katie Prichard and Jessica Stokes will attend the meeting to receive this award.  This is the second time that the chapter has received this award since its establishment in 2010.  Dr. Sepi Yalda serves as the Chapter’s faculty adviser. 

Plan. Prepare. Be a Hero.

Contact Information


Lancaster House
46 West Cottage Avenue
Millersville, PA 17551

Office Hours

Monday        9AM to 4PM
Tuesday       9AM to 4PM
Wednesday  9AM to 4PM
Thursday      9AM to 4PM
Friday           9AM to 4PM

Closed University observed holidays

Tel: (717) 871-7549

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