Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management


Disaster Preparedness Group Photo
Disaster Preparedness Group Photo

The Multi-Regional project, "Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management," brought together 22 participants from a variety of regions around the world in an effort to examine U.S. local, state, and federal approaches to disaster management, emergency preparedness, and emergency response; examine how government, NGOs, community organizers, and first responders align their emergency preparedness and response plans; and explore the importance of community‑based partnerships and strategies for developing emergency preparedness and response plans. The project also demonstrated to the participants the variety of emergency preparedness and response structures at federal, state, and local levels, while highlighting current training practices and featuring the constructive impact of community input.


The project took the participants from Washington, DC; Baltimore, MD; New York, NY; and Salt Lake City, UT before splitting the participants into four separate groups traveling to cities including Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; and Seattle, WA. The group finished their program in New Orleans, LA. Highlights include a keynote speech from former Maryland Governor Parris Glendening, a meeting with the World Trade Center's Immediate Response Unit, and an appointment with former Director of Homeland Security for the City of New Orleans, Col. Terry Ebbert


International Visitor Leadership Program, U.S. Department of State

Project summary