Disaster Management

The Payson Center has managed several contracts targeting disaster management and humanitarian assistance in the developing world, with a specific focus on how to utilize disaster preparedness interventions and post-disaster assistance to further the sustainable development of vulnerable communities and countries. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, researchers from the Payson Center and the University of California/Berkeley collaborated on a study of the working conditions facing laborers in New Orleans. Several Payson Center faculty and students also worked on local relief and recovery projects through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other private organizations.

New Orleans provides an ideal laboratory for the application of development theory and practice, especially since the city faces so many problems common to developing countries: economic dependence on natural resources, a low level of manufacturing, high unemployment rate, serious poverty and problems with crime and law enforcement.

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Current and past projects that focus on this service area are:

INTERHANDS – Interoperable Regional Humanitarian Assistance and Natural Disaster Training Program Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

The INTERHANDS program was established to educate local governmental, military, and private partners in understanding the latest trends in disaster prevention, mitigation, response and recovery. The program was designed to bring together all personnel actively working to shape disaster policy. The training concentrated on the development of improved methods of disaster management in a developing country setting. Presented at ECOWAS Program - Mali Conference.

Start Date: 
2002

Rationale for IPA through DHHS Office of Refugee Health

Assist USAID’s Africa Bureau first year needs in developing strategies and managing programs related to conflict prevention/management and transition under USAID’s strategic objective S010 (“Policies, strategies, and programs improved for preventing, mitigating, and transitioning out of crisis”), through technical services.  Tasks included development of a lesson learned format based upon the assessment research and analysis of previous AB activities with specific aim to identify methods for the maximization of linkages between relief and development.  Provide training in applied developme

Start Date: 
1995

Linking Complex Emergency Response and Transition Initiative (CERTI) Rwanda Mission

The Complex Emergency Response and Transition Initiative (CERTI) is an interagency initiative funded in part by USAID. This initiative addresses the challenges of programming international assistance to achieve health security within the context of increasingly frequent and severe conflict-related crises (complex emergencies) in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Start Date: 
1999

Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure, and Emergency Management (NDCIEM)

Jackson State University in association with Tulane University’s Payson Center, and partner institution projects include established international collaboration on flood protection measures and developing management approaches to data/information methods and techniques.

Start Date: 
2009

Center for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance

This joint project of Tulane University and the University of South Florida, in partnership with the United States Southern Command facilitated collaborative training, research, education and communication services with civil-military agencies throughout the western hemisphere to ensure operational readiness in humanitarian and consequence management missions.

Start Date: 
1999

Social Impact Assessment of the BP Oil Spill Disaster on Gulf Coast Communities

In support of the OXFAM Social Impact Assessment of the BP Oil Spill Disaster on Gulf Coast Communities, the Payson Center for International Development and the  Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) will collect and analyze existing baseline social and economic vulnerability of Terrebonne and Plaquemines parishes.

Start Date: 
2010
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