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.

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