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Center for Disaster Resilient Communities

The Center for Disaster Resilient Communities takes an integrated approach to disasters. We prepare for all types of disasters while working closely with communities and partners to improve each phase of the disaster management cycle by advancing effective, high-quality science. Through our work, the Center unites the full breadth and depth of the University of Washington’s expertise in disaster science to help build resilient communities.

Our approach


UW researchers compare computer models and maps with real time assessment of landslide areas in Seattle area
The Center harnesses the full range of the university’s interdisciplinary research expertise to take on pressing, community-identified questions and challenges.

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Education & training

Students learn how to gather disaster data
The Center develops and offers educational and training opportunities to students from a range of disciplinary backgrounds to prepare them to realize impact as the next generation disaster workforce.

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Technical consultation

UW researchers demonstrate how to gather disaster data
The Center offers specialty expertise and advice to community and government partners regarding how to bolster policy and practice to strengthen resilience to disasters.

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