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Building a Resilient Louisiana Workshop: The workshop recordings are now available ONLINE. For workshop agenda, etc. see Workshop Information.


DSM Strategic Draft Plan: DSM Draft 5 year Strategic Plan (August 2012)

New Publications

The Unsustainable Trend of Natural Hazard Losses in the United States
by M. Gall, K.A. Borden, C.T. Emrich, and S.L. Cutter. 2011. Sustainability 3(11): 2157-2181.

Dynamics of Disaster
edited by R.A. Dowty and B.L. Allen. 2011. Routledge, 240p.

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Disaster Science and Management program is an interdisciplinary program which provides students interested in emergency management-related careers in the public, not for profit, and private sectors with:

  • A broad understanding of the nature and impact of disasters on the natural, built and human environments;
  • A basis for establishing strategies to effectively plan for disasters, mitigate the adverse effects of disasters, respond to disasters, and recover from disasters.

Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts with Concentration in Disaster Science and Management is currently available at the undergraduate level. A Minor in Disaster Science and Management (DSM) is available at the undergraduate and graduate level.

The Minor in Disaster Sciences and Management meets the Education and Training Requirement for the CEM (Certified Emergency Management) and AEM (Associate Emergency Management). See the International Association of Emergency Managers for more information.

The program is housed in the Department of Geography & Anthropology and co-directed by Dr. Patrick Hesp and Dr. Rachel Dowty Beech.

Download a summary of the DSM program here.

Entering LSU Disaster Science and Management (DSM) Programs

Undergraduate students at LSU have the option of earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in DSM, or a minor in DSM. For students accepted to the University to declare a concentration or minor in DSM, they first must complete a DSM Plan of Study Form (available at http://www.dsm.lsu.edu/docs/DSM_ProgramOfStudy.pdf or by requesting a form in MS Word format from rdowty1@lsu.edu). Graduate students in any college or department can earn a minor in DSM.

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