Preparing the World for What’s to Come

IDM TeamThe Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) is a nonprofit institution within UGA’s College of Public Health. Our team is comprised of disaster management professionals with a diverse set of educational and practical backgrounds. Our multidisciplinary approach, robust training and coordination, and customized, adaptable planning provide comprehensive, effective disaster management for all.

Natural, technological, and human-made disasters occur more frequently and impact more people than is often realized. Proactive preparedness and mitigation at local, state, and national levels offer the greatest opportunity to save lives and infrastructure in response and recovery. With this in mind, IDM offers the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities required to take action prior to and following a disaster.

IDM teaches in-person disaster management (DMAN) courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, offering one of the only Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees with a specific concentration in disaster management. IDM also offers a graduate certificate and an undergraduate minor in disaster management.

IDM has a substantial geographic reach and influence, partnering with organizations in Georgia, the United States, and around the globe. IDM works in tandem with communities, government agencies, businesses, nonprofits, and others. Together we develop, implement, and deliver customized disaster education, training, planning, consulting, and support. This engaged outreach coupled with culturally competent curriculum and training qualifies IDM to provide expert disaster services to organizations across the State of Georgia, the United States, and the globe.

Since 2016, IDM has been located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus. The facility has an Emergency Operations Center, instructional space, and a laboratory. Find out more information about the courses offered, training services, and current projects.


EMAG 2022 Conference Recap

Our team attended the 2022 Emergency Management Summit and Training Sessions hosted by the Emergency Management Association of Georgia. The conference was from April 13 to April 15 in Savannah


Student Spotlight: Hope Grismer

CURO Research Assistantship awarded to IDM Undergraduate  Hope Grismer is an Institute for Disaster Management (IDM) student who is passionate about looking at the complex effects that geographical and sociodemographic


Leveraging social media during a disaster

New framework can help local emergency managers get the word out During a disaster, many people turn to social media seeking information. But communicating during disasters is challenging, especially using an