Disaster Dogs is a student-led organization in the College of Public Health’s Institute for Disaster Management. This group is composed of undergraduate and graduate students from all different degrees and backgrounds. They meet monthly to discuss current and past disasters in order to learn from and better prepare for future events. For example, one meeting they looked at the events of Chernobyl, watched a documentary, and discussed the disaster. They also collaborate with various partners, within the campus, local community, and beyond, to explore various roles within the disaster and emergency management field and facilitate professional relationships.

Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6pm and alternate between the Institute for Disaster Management located on UGA’s Health Science campus and UGA’s main campus.

For more information, please reach out to the disasterdogs@uga.edu or contact the advisor Kelli McCarthy.

2021-2022 Disaster Dogs Officers

  • President – Gina Gardner
  • Vice President – Stephanie Andino
  • Secretary – Patrick Doyle
  • Treasurer – Sierra Bastis
  • Social Media – Vacant

Faculty Advisor

Kelli McCarthy
kmccarthy@uga.edu
706.224.1035

Upcoming Events

  • Meeting
    • January 26, 2022 @ 6pm
    • UGA IDM (105 Bowstrom Road)
  • Meeting
    • February 23, 2022 @ 6pm
    • UGA Main Campus (Location TBD)
  • Meeting
    • March 23, 2022 @ 6pm
    • UGA IDM (105 Bowstrom Road)
  • Meeting
    • April 27, 2022 @ 6pm
    • UGA Main Campus (Location TBD)

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