Public Safety, Disasters, and Homeland Security
The Rockefeller Institute has focused on threats to the public safety, including some of the natural (and unnatural) disasters that face our nation — with a special emphasis on the role of state and local governments in preparing for, and responding to, public emergencies.
Following the disaster in the Gulf region caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Rockefeller Institute, along with the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, the John C. Stennis Institute of Government at Mississippi State University, launched GulfGov Reports, a three-year study of how well federal, state, and local institutions — including governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses and civic leaders — respond to the challenges posed by these storms.
News release announcing the projectBrochure describing the project
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the Institute sponsored a series of symposia, funded by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of New York, entitled “The Role of ‘Home’ in Homeland Security: The Challenge for State and Local Governments.” This series convened nationally recognized experts to contemplate the most critical challenges to state and local governments and identify what governments must do to make our nation more secure.
The Rockefeller Institute is also the home of the Protect New York organization. Protect New York is a consortium of faculty researchers who are concentrating on research related to various aspects of homeland security.