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HSEP at VCU

Welcome to the Disaster Resilience and

Crisis Management (DRCM) Group!

Dr. Jason Levy teaches disaster management and emergency preparedness courses

Dr. Levy also serves in the following academic roles:

Tenured Associate Professor (since 2011) in the Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) program, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Affiliate Faculty, University of Waterloo (conflict analysis and crisis management)

Adjunct Faculty, University of Manitoba (natural hazards and disasters)

Chair, Disaster Resilience & Crisis Management research consortium

Coordinator, VCU Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP)

Affiliate Faculty, Ph.D. Program in Public Policy and Administration (VCU Center for Public Policy)

Director, VCU National Homeland Security Project (NHSP)

Congratulations to our newest Campus-CERT students!

Disaster Resilience & Crisis Management scholars rescuing victims from rubble

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VCU students, faculty and staff receive awards for emergency preparedness!

Watch C-CERT students in action. We are proud of our C-CERT graduates!

 
 

Dr. Levy evaluates exercises and studies school disaster risk

Dr. Levy designs, implements and evaluates ICS exercises in partnership with organizations across Virginia including health districts, banks, hopsitals, non profot organizations and school boards.

Dr. Levy's recently served as an ICS evaluator with the Hanover County school board

He also acted as a consultant to evaluate disaster risk reduction strategies in schools for the Wested Corporation.

 
 

2014 Dr. Gilbert F. White research award winner: Phil Sperry

Each year the Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management group is proud to select a VCU graduate student that best exemplifies Dr. White's dedication to the field of disaster mitigation and adaptation.

Phil Sperry receives the 2014 Dr. Gilbert F. White research award for his Disaster Management MA thesis entitled "Community Participation in Disaster Planning and the Expectation Gap: Analysis and Recommendations"

The research consisted of interviews with disaster and emergency management professionals representing local, state, and federal government as well as the private sector.

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Dan Gropper receives the 2014 Dr. William A. Anderson Award

For more than two decades, Thudereagle CEO Dan Gropper has been an active advocate for severe weather emergency communications in support the National Weather Service (NWS)

Dan created the current nationwide NWS volunteer severe weather spotting program called Skywarn and has been awarded the national NOAA Hero and NOAA NWS Mark Trail Awards for lifetime support of the NWS

Dr. William A. Anderson served as a professor, a NSF officer, a World Bank natural disaster specialist, and an official of the National Research Council

 

Brian Staples wins the Ben Wisner Disaster Resilience Award

Brian Staples braved malaria, civil war and protests to promote disaster risk reduction in South Sudan, Turkey and Argentina.

We salue Brian for his bravery and hard work! He has successfully promoted disaster resilience in developing nations.

 

William Deng promotes disaster risk education in Africa

William Deng of the Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management group recently travelled to South Sudan to help reduce disaster risk by promoting educaiton.

He is a driving force behind the renewal of Northern Bahr El Ghazal University after years of civil strife.

 

Shellie MacKenzie nominated for Service Learning award

Shellie MacKenzie, School and Campus Safety Training Coordinator, Virginia Center for School Safety, Department of Criminal Justice Services, has a long track record of partnering with the Disaster Resilience & Crisis Management Group on emergency exercises in the Commonwealth of Virgnia.

She was recently nominated to receive a VCU Service Learning award for partnering with Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness students

 

Extreme Climate Events in China

The Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management group parters with the Chinese Academy of Sciences to reduce the risk of extreme weather and climate events

Dr. Levy served as a keynote speaker for the Extreme Weather and Climate Events: Monitoring, Detection, Prediction and Risk Management for Developing Countries

Dr. Levy co-organized the event together with the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

 

 
 

Active Cyberdefense: The Frankenstein virus


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On April 24, 2015 the Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management (DRCM) Group, the Center for Public Policy, and the National Homeland Security Project present a cybersecurity forum featuring and Dr. Levy and the following experts:

Kevin Hamlen, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science and senior technical advisor of the Cyber Security Research and Education Institute, University of Texas at Dallas

Christopher Cruz, cyber intelligence analyst, Bureau of Criminal Investigation, Virginia State Police

Marc Gaudette, director of IT risk management, Dominion Virginia Power

Guatemala: Disaster Preparedness Service Learning

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Hear lessons learned from Dr. Levy's disaster risk reduction Service Learning (SL) classes in Guatemala:



Disaster management rappelling training: The Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management (DRCM) team teach search and rescue strategies to VCU students, Mayan women "circle leaders" and volunteer fire fighters in Guatemala

 

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Dr. Levy discusses the causes and consequences of the 2010 Haiti earthquake

Dr. Levy and UH colleague Chennat Gopalakrishnan investigate the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast Sprill

Dr. Levy leads humanitarian relief in South Sudan together with Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management (DRCM) Researcher William Deng, President of the Aweil Youth Association.



Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Faculty

 

Our innovative, interdisciplinary, and community-based emergency engagement solutions helps to build disaster resilient communities that are better prepared to cope with natural, technologic, and health related hazards, including:

Decision Support Systems for Flood Hazards

Promoting Energy Security and National Security

Dust Storm Hazards

Sensors for Global Disaster Management

Flood Risk Management under Uncertainty

Sustainable Watershed Management and Sustainability in the Asia-Pacific





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The Disaster Resilience and Crisis Management group produced an Active Shooter Video together with Dr. Levy's VCU students

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View Student Security Risk and Vulnerability Assessments

General Assembly Risk Assessment

 

Medical College of Virginia Risk Assessment

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According to Time Magazine, VCU is the first major research university to have a Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program

Explore our Homeland Security career options to unleash your inner Craig Fugate

Dr. Levy is available for consultation on a broad array of research topics pertaining to disaster studies and emergency mannagement including

- disaster recovery

- business continuity planning

- social dimensions of disaster

- climate adaptation through disaster mitigation

- digital forensics and crisis management

- emergency preparedness

- social vulnerability and

- disaster risk reduction

 
contact us

Jason Levy, Associate Professor
E-mail: jklevy@vcu.edu
Viriginia Commonwealth University
Phone: (804) 828-8040
Fax: (804) 827-1275
923 W. Franklin Street, Box 842028
Richmond, VA 23284

 

 

   
   
   
 
   
   
   
   
   

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