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Disaster Readiness Center joins Earth Institute
Date:8/1/2013

previously served on the congressionally appointed National Commission on Children and Disasters. Following Hurricane Sandy, he was appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to co-chair the New York State Ready Commission. He is also president and cofounder, along with musician Paul Simon, of the Children's Health Fund, which has established health-care programs in 25 of the nation's most medically underserved urban and rural communities. Redlener is a widely respected expert and policy advisor on poverty and access to health care.

The NCDP's deputy director and director of research is David Abramson, assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University Medical Center. Trained in political science and public-health research, is currently leading studies on displaced families in Louisiana and Mississippi. He is also spearheading a study on the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill on children.

While the NCDP has previously focused on domestic events, Redlener said the Earth Institute's global reach would help broaden its geographic scope. He said the new partnership would enable the NCDP to apply "more powerful science, and bring evidence-based influence to a wide range of international challenges," especially in the developing world. Among the potential threats requiring advance planning, he said, are hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, cyberterrorism and pandemics.

"The NCDP leads cutting-edge research and policy analysis on how to cope with catastrophic threats, both in preparedness and response," said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute. "The world turns to Prof. Irwin Redlener for leadership in this area, and the Earth Institute is thrilled to welcome Prof. Redlener and his team. All over the world, from New York City to the drylands of Africa and beyond, disaster preparedness is high and rising on the policy agenda, and I have enormous confidence that NCDP will offer new and important solutions."


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Contact: Kevin Krajick
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The Earth Institute at Columbia University
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