Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
Prepare – Respond – Recover
The Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security, a federally-designated Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence, was established to play a national and international leadership role in developing and implementing initiatives to protect the lives, health, and well-being of individuals and populations of our state, our nation, and the world.
- The institute brings together experts from the broad spectrum of disciplines, schools, departments, and centers that exist across the statewide campuses of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey–and with federal, state, national, and international partners in the public and private sectors–to address all aspects of emergency preparedness, disaster response, and homeland security. The efforts of our experts span the continuum from theoretical to applied, from concept to practice, from basic science to translation to clinical implementation.
- The institute coordinates and facilitates academic, scientific, technological, innovative, and entrepreneurial interactions between and among Rutgers faculty; among Rutgers faculty, staff, and students; and between the university and outside entities.
- Institute initiatives in the sciences and humanities involve the broad areas of research, education, community outreach, and practice.
- Disasters and other major emergencies can negatively affect life and limb, structure and infrastructure, travel and transit, economy and finance, and ultimately continuity of government and society.
- Some harmful events occur without warning, while others can be predicted, anticipated, tracked, and, in some cases, prevented or mitigated.
- Institute initiatives encompass the areas of prevention, protection, preparation, mitigation, response, recovery, and resiliency to all-hazards emergencies, disasters, and terrorism, whether of natural, accidental, or intentional origin.
Natural: Weather-related events (floods, windstorms, cyclones, tornadoes, blizzards, etc.), earthquakes, landslides, avalanches, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, forest fires, epidemics, and pandemics (caused by existing, newly emerging, or re-emerging infectious diseases).
Accidental: Air, space, rail, or roadway accidents and/or collisions, structural collapses (buildings, bridges, dams, or tunnels), fires, industrial accidents, hazardous material spills, and other accidental environmental threats.
Intentional: CBRNE (chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive) threats, active shooters, assassination, organized armed conflicts, and war.
Institute Expertise and Experience
Experts at the institute, engaging and employing the extensive resources of Rutgers and uniting with our public and private sector partners, are available to consult in a variety of areas: health care (medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and allied health professions in inpatient, outpatient, and institutional settings), behavioral health care (psychology, social work, and neurosciences), public health, emergency medical services, emergency management, law, public safety, criminal justice, homeland security, engineering, transportation science, mathematics, computer science, pharmacology, drug development, exposure science, linguistics, business, political science, government, planning, and public policy.
- IEPHS senior advisor John Cohen discusses preventing homeland attacks on ABC News (October 6, 2016)
- IEPHS highlighted in Worldview: Rutgers team's antiterror ideas travel far (July 17,2016)
- IEPHS partners with the University of South Florida to lead the 2016 IC CAE Summer Simulation Program in Washington, D.C. Click here to access the announcement (May 5, 2016)
- IEPHS Director Dr. Clifton R. Lacy discusses national health security in Elusys Therapeutics receives FDA approval for Anthim® (obiltoxaximab) injection for the treatment and prophylaxis of inhalational anthrax (March 21, 2016)
- IEPHS Director Dr. Clifton R. Lacy discusses natural disaster response in report The Storm's Deadly Toll (January 27, 2016)
- New report on targeted violence and CVE released following the Targeted Violence Intervention Best Practice Summit. Click here to access the report (January 20, 2016)
- IEPHS senior advisor John Cohen discusses the evolving threat to the nation in featured report Homegrown Terrorists (January 19, 2016)
- Announcing the 2016 HSSAI Summer Internship Opportunity for Rutgers University students seeking careers in the intelligence field (December 2, 2015)
- The Graduate School at Rutgers-Newark, the Rutgers University Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (IEPHS), and the Rutgers School of Criminal Justice (RSCJ) collaborative effort: Homeland Security Fellowship Prepares Citizens for Emerging Threats (January 4, 2016)
- IEPHS senior advisor John Cohen discusses Finding Patterns in Mass Shootings on NPR WNYC Radio (December 3, 2015)
- National Post features IEPHS senior advisor John Cohen in Couple Behind San Bernardino Shooting Fits Profile of Mass Killers (December 3, 2015)
- University Professor John Farmer featured in The New York Times and the Star-Ledger in response to 9/11 claims and the stigmatization of the Muslim community (November 24, 2015)
- Healthcare and Public Health Sector Technical Support Briefing – Explosive Incidents that the NJ-DOH distributed widely to the Healthcare and Public Health communities in New Jersey (November 18, 2015)
- University Professor John Farmer and IEPHS referenced in Congressional Record (November 2, 2015)
- IEPHS with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Mid-Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network sponsored the Building Resilience Against Violent Extremism: Threats, Challenges & Solutions [“BRAVE”] at Rutgers New Brunswick (November 12, 2015)
- New Report: Moving Beyond Motive-based Categories of Targeted Violence. Co-authored by IEPHS senior adviser, John Cohen