Disaster Recovery Operations

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Recovery in the aftermath of natural or man-made disasters is directly related to the availability of local resources and the infrastructure and operational ability to deliver assistance from outside the affected region. RAND researchers have helped governments, militaries, and private organizations organize recovery operations during disasters, learn from past experience, and prepare for future disasters.

  • Aerial view of a damaged home in the mountainous area of Barranquitas, Puerto Rico, October 9, 2017, photo by Andrea Booher/FEMA

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    Disaster Recovery in Puerto Rico: Q&A with Marielena Lara

    Apr 26, 2021

    When Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico in September 2017, it peeled roofs from houses, turned roads into rivers, and left millions of people without electricity or safe drinking water. Marielena Lara, a senior physician policy researcher at RAND, was grateful to be part of the recovery planning.

  • Crane trucks in the construction of a bridge, photo by Juan Enrique del Barrio/Adobe Stock

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    New Thinking to Translate Infrastructure Dollars into Resilience

    Jun 2, 2021

    Infrastructure investments the United States makes today to recover from the pandemic can help boost resilience for the future. We will need to think beyond what we've done in the past to ensure that these investments can continue to protect the nation from shifting threats in the future.

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    Jason Thomas Barnosky

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education PhD in political science, Brown University; BA in political science, New York University

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    Lisa Bernard

    Senior Research Editor
    Education J.D. in law, University of Pittsburgh; M.A. in education, College of William and Mary; B.A. in philosophy, College of William and Mary

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    Paul Brenner

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education M.S. in operations management, University of Michigan; B.S. in civil engineering, Princeton University; M.S. in management, MIT

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    Rachel M. Burns

    Senior Quantitative Analyst
    Education M.P.H., University of Michigan; B.S., Ohio State University

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    Rahim Ali

    Technical Analyst
    Education M.S in civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; B.A in architecture, University of California, Berkeley

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    Mark V. Arena

    Senior Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in physical chemistry, Stanford University; B.S. in chemistry, Yale University

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    Thomas F. Atkin

    Adjunct Management Scientist
    Education M.S. in management science, University of Miami; B.S. in mathematical science, U.S. Coast Guard Academy

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    Noreen Clancy

    Senior Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in environmental science and policy, The Johns Hopkins University; B.A. in criminology and law, University of Florida

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    Aaron Clark-Ginsberg

    Associate Behavioral/Social Scientist
    Education B.A. in American studies, Kenyon College; B.A. in environmental studies, Kenyon College; M.S. in humanitarian action, University College Dublin; Ph.D. in agriculture and food science, University College Dublin

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    Edward W. Chan

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education Ph.D. in operations research, Cornell University

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    Cynthia R. Cook

    Senior Management Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in sociology, Harvard University; B.S. in management, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

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    Shelly Culbertson

    Senior Policy Researcher
    Education M.P.A. in public policy and international development, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, Princeton University; B.Phil. in political science and philosophy, University of Pittsburgh; B.S. in mathematics, University of Pittsburgh

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    Brian Dolan

    Associate Engineer
    Education Ph.D. in aerospace engineering, University of Cincinnati; B.S. in mechanical and aerospace engineering, SUNY Buffalo

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    Daniel Elinoff

    Defense Analyst
    Education M.A. in war studies, King's College London; B.A. in international affairs - conflict and security, George Washington University

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    Mark Alan Hanson

    Senior Quantitative Analyst
    Education Ph.D. in policy, planning and development, University of Southern California; M.P.A. in public affairs, Indiana University; M.S. in environmental science and policy, Indiana University; B.S. in psychobiology and business administration, University of California, Los Angeles

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    Jeannette Gaudry Haynie

    Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in international relations, George Washington University; M.A. in political science, University of New Orleans; B.S. in oceanography, United States Naval Academy

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    Alexandra Huttinger

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.H. in global environmental health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University; B.A. in biology, U.C. Santa Barbara

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    Max Izenberg

    Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.Sc. in health policy, planning, and financing, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine / London School of Economics; B.S. in public health informatics, Tulane University

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    Brian A. Jackson

    Senior Physical Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in bioinorganic chemistry, California Institute of Technology; M.A. in science, technology, and public policy,, The George Washington University; B.S. in chemistry, Haverford College

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    Chelsea Kolb

    Associate Engineer
    Education PhD in civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; MS in civil and environmental engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; BA in mathematics, College of Saint Benedict; BA in economics, College of Saint Benedict