Disaster Preparedness and Management
Preparing for, managing, and recovering from complex emergencies and disasters requires the integration of management and coordination efforts of multiple interdisciplinary governmental and nongovernmental organizations. The Center uses a diagnostic methodology to identify areas for strengthening to create a “whole-of-society” structure. Then, the Center customizes capacity building programs specifically designed to improve and strengthen disaster preparedness, management, and coordination capabilities at all levels and sectors of society to ensure sustained community essential service functioning.
Cross domain and agency management and coordination are essential to response and recovery when addressing the consequences of technologically, biologically, and chemically compounded complex disasters. The Center targets the specific interfaces among emergency response, consequence response, and disaster management using an interagency coordination model to synergize the management and coordination efforts of these diverse interdisciplinary organizations to contain the consequences of the event, restore essential community services, and promote rapid and sustained recovery.
Detecting, responding, and rapidly recovering from emerging and reemerging highly infectious and novel diseases requires effective health systems. By using diagnostic and assessment frameworks to identify areas within a health system for strengthening, the Center designs capacity building programs to enhance particular aspects of individual, collective, and regional health security programs. The Center’s frameworks are highly effective at enhancing health systems’ capabilities to detect, respond, and rapidly recover from emerging and reemerging highly infectious and novel diseases while sustaining community essential services functioning.
Pandemic Preparedness and Planning
The unique nature and rapid transmission of virulent novel viruses can cause high morbidity and mortality. Focusing on effective decision management and successful coordination capability and capacity, the Center shapes detailed capacity building programs to enhance individual and collective pandemic preparedness. Utilizing a wide array of tools to target all levels and sectors of society, the Center assists in the development of a “whole-of-society” management capability between and within all sectors of communities, provinces, nations, and regions. This whole-of-society model is designed to identify and slow the spread of rapidly moving outbreaks while sustaining community essential service functioning.
Complex emergencies require a “whole-of-government” engagement framework to be effective. The Center addresses the multifaceted nature of irregular warfare and other complex security situations by promoting interagency decision-making, coordination, and assessment capabilities. Using a multi-phase approach and a variety of capacity building methods, tools, and venues, the Center promotes balance within the intricacies and interfaces among diplomacy, development, and military action. These efforts are designed to strengthen and enhance decision-making and coordination for individual and collective interagency capabilities at all levels of government.