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

    Q&A

    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

    Commentary

    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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    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

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

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    Lena Easton-Calabria

    Policy Analyst
    Education M.S. in environmental change and management, University of Oxford; B.A. in medical anthropology and global health, University of Washington

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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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    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

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    Ignacio Lara

    Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND; Ph.D. Student, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education B.S. in operations research, United States Air Force Academy

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    Andrew Lauland

    Senior International/Defense Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education M.P.P. in public policy/admin/analysis, Harvard University; B.A. in economics, Georgetown University

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    Jefferson P. Marquis

    Adjunct Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in U.S. diplomatic and military history, Ohio State University; M.A. in international security affairs, Columbia University; B.A. in history, University of California, Berkeley

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    Bear McConnell

    Adjunct
    Education BS in engineering, US Naval Academy; MS in systems management, University of Southern California

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    Luke Muggy

    Associate Operations Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
    Education Ph.D. in industrial engineering, Kansas State University; Masters in operations research, Kansas State University; B.S. in mathematics, University of Nebraska

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    Robert C. Parker

    Adjunct Staff
    Education BS in management w/honors, U.S. Coast Guard Academy; MA in national security & strategic studies, U.S. Naval War College

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    Elizabeth L. Petrun Sayers

    Behavioral and Social Scientist
    Education B.A. in integrated strategic communication; advertising and sociology; classical, University of Kentucky; Graduate Certificate in health communication, University of Kentucky; M.A. in communication; mass media, risk, crisis, University of Kentucky; Ph.D. in communication; science, strategic, organizational, University of Kentucky

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    Susan A. Resetar

    Senior Operations Researcher
    Education A.B. in mathematics and economics, Cornell University; M. Eng. in operations research, University of California Berkeley

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    Patrick S. Roberts

    Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in government, University of Virginia; M.A. in political science, Claremont Graduate University; B.A. in politics, University of Dallas

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    Agnes Gereben Schaefer

    Senior Political Scientist
    Education Ph.D. in political science, Syracuse University; M.A. in political science, Florida International University; B.A. in international relations/environmental studies, Florida International University

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    James A. Schear

    Adjunct Senior Political Scientist
    Education B.A. in international studies & political science, American University; M.A. in international relations, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies; Ph.D. in international relations, London School of Economics and Political Science