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The Center for Defense Integrated Data (CDID) and the Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (CHC) at Jackson State University have developed the Disaster Response Intelligent System (DRIS) to ensure interoperable communication, rapid data processing for safe and timely evacuations, scenario analysis, and decision support during disaster events. With an increasing occurrence of both natural and man-made disasters, theoretical underpinnings have emerged to address not only how communities respond to disasters but also how they plan for such. Currently, there is a need to expand upon the existing paradigm in the highly specialized, practitioner driven field of emergency response and disaster management. Perhaps there are no better institutions to guide such expansion than institutions of higher education.

The DRIS application has, as an extension, an education model wherein the system is installed at universities with disaster management programs or related curricula. Such installation builds on the university’s capacity to foster a multi-disciplinary approach to emergency response and disaster management by incorporating academic areas such as urban planning, computer science, environmental science, social science, geography, and various disciplines of engineering among others.