The Center for Rebuilding Sustainable Communities after Disasters is dedicated to raising awareness and possessing the expertise necessary for long-term sustainable reconstruction.
CRSCAD truly encompasses the multidisciplinary approach to sustainability and disaster relief.
Examples of disasters are framed by: bad governance and poverty, environmental pollution, HIV/AIDS, wars and conflicts, severe weather-related events, earthquakes, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes,and influenza pandemics.
We accomplish our mission, in part, by:
-Engaging in multidisciplinary, transdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary research activities
-Assisting local, national and international agencies as well as the victims of disasters to develop practical, sustainable and long-term solutions to the social, economic and environmental consequences of disasters
-Providing expert advice and training to communities which have been devastated by disasters
-Training post-disaster managers worldwide for the challenges of the 21st century through an 18-credit graduate certificate program and three, non-credit, professional development certificates, offered in conjunction with UMass Boston's College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS)
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
Capacity development, community-based DRR, economics of DRR, governance and urban risk & planning
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
GIS & mapping, information management and
risk identification & assessment
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Education, media and recovery
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
Environment, gender, governance, health & health facilities,
social impacts & resilience, and vulnerable populations
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Capacity development, critical infrastructure, disaster risk management, governance and recovery
-Organization of major, and highly successful, international conferences.
-Establishment and maintenance of collaborative relationships with academic institutions, community-based organizations, NGOs, Government and multilateral agencies, etc.
-Publication of books that address a variety of issues that focus on rebuilding sustainable communities
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)