Dr. Martin Griss Invited to Executive Committee of Disaster Resiliency Center-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Martin Griss Invited to Executive Committee of Disaster Resiliency Center-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Martin Griss Invited to Executive Committee of Disaster Resiliency Center

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Director Dr. Martin Griss has been invited to join the executive committee of the Disaster Resiliency Center. The Disaster Resiliency Center (DRC) provides a collaborative hub for public and private sector leaders to prepare for disasters and emergencies on a regional scale.

The Joint Initiative Silicon Valley Network developed the Disaster Resiliency Center, the first of its kind in the nation, as the first step in building the highest level of preparedness for response and recovery from a catastrophic event. The Disaster Resiliency Center employs three integrated components to achieve that goal—the Disaster Resilience and Response Hub, the Applied Research and Technology Laboratory, and the Advanced Emergency Response Training Center.

The use of Moffett Field, site of the NASA-Ames Research Center and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley, as an ideal location for the DRC came from lessons learned in Hurricane Katrina, when NASA’s Stensis Space Center became the prime Logistics Staging Area and Operational Staging Area for that disaster.

Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley is a key partner with the Disaster Resiliency Center, taking the lead in shaping, driving and coordinating the Applied Research and Technology Laboratory, a virtual lab of researchers and engineers from multiple organizations to develop, test and deploy tools and systems so that emergency professionals are equipped with state-of-the-art technology. This is one of several formal collaborations and activities Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley and the CyLab Mobility Research Center participate in as part of the Disaster Management Initiative.