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Post-Disaster Assessment and Advisory Team

An on-the-ground partnership with local and regional emergency responders worldwide

Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute has assembled a group of experts with deep operational experience in disaster response. Within a few weeks of a major disaster—such as a flood, a wildfire, or a terrorist attack—GRI works with local and regional authorities to deploy a select group of those experts as an operational assessment and advisory team.

Working in ways analogous to National Transportation Safety Board teams, GRI disaster teams conduct extensive analysis and in-depth interviews about the disaster, the response, and recovery efforts. Emphasizing mitigation measures in the post-disaster recovery phase, teams identify lessons learned and share that knowledge broadly, helping prepare other communities and organizations to respond more effectively to future events. Teams also share best practices with local emergency responders to help them accelerate a community’s current, ongoing recovery efforts.

Team Members

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Donald Bliss

NFPA Vice President-Field Operations
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Thomas Atkin

Former Assistant Secretary of Defense
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Terry Ebbert

Director of Public Safety and Homeland Security-New Orleans
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Jerry Tate

Former Director, Colorado Office of Emergency Management
Debra Durham

Debra Durham

Former Director, Operations Analysis Group, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Gil H. Jamieson (FEMA/Bill Koplitz)

Gil Jamieson

Former FEMA deputy director, Gulf Coast Recovery
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Warren Edwards

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Community and Regional Research Institute (CARRI)
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Michelle McQueeney

Former FEMA policy advisor, Hurricane Sandy
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Harold Brooks

Former SVP-International Operations, Red Cross

Stephen Metruck

Former Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District

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To learn more about our disaster teams and other resilience solutions.

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