Welcome to the Institute for Disaster Management! We are excited that you are wanting to know more about IDM and are interested in ways to get involved while furthering your education. At UGA, there are several student organizations offering various experiences to empower students to be contributors, leaders, and difference-makers within the State of Georgia, the United States, and the globe.

Whatever your interest is, I encourage you to get involved! Here at IDM, we have a student group, Disaster Dogs, that is open to the entire campus community – undergraduates to doctoral students. Within our group, we encourage anyone and everyone to join, regardless of major or background, so that we can share our love of disaster preparedness and response with students with different viewpoints. Whether you decide to join Disaster Dogs, or one of the many groups and clubs across campus, we encourage you to get connected, get involved, and leave your mark here in Athens. The lessons learned, the experiences shared, and the relationships built while involved in a student group will help form the community leader you will become and cultivate professional relationships that you can carry with you throughout your career.

If you are unsure of where to start with student involvement or wish to know more about Disaster Dogs, please contact me!

Kelli McCarthy
Clinical Assistant Professor
Faculty Advisor, Disaster Dogs


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