CEEDR Logo     CENTER FOR

     EMERGENCY EDUCATION

     AND DISASTER RESEARCH

 

 

 

Richard Bissell, PhD, Principal Investigator

410-455-3776
bissell@umbc.edu
 

The department's Center for Emergency Education and Disaster Research (CEEDR) provides consulting, training, assessment, and planning services for public safety and emergency management agencies, public health agencies, and private sector organizations. 

CEEDR provides subject matter expertise and consulting in the following disciplines:     

  • Counterterrorism
  • Disaster Response and Management
  • Emergency Management
  • Emergency Medical Services Systems
  • EMS Management
  • Emergency Operations Plan Development and Implementation
  • Emergency Preparedness Exercise Development and Evaluation
  • Emergency Public Health, preparedness, research and implementation
  • Emergency Response to Terrorism
  • Fire and Rescue
  • Incident Command and Incident Management
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law Enforcement Training
  • Public Health Emergency Response and Decision Making
  • Responder Safety
  • Tactical Medicine
  • WMD Incident Response

Using a multi-disciplinary approach, CEEDR integrates both theory and real-world experience into the design and implementation of research and training projects specific to emergency preparedness and response.  In projects ranging from emergency decision-making to hospital incident command and WMD response, CEEDR is fully equipped to respond to the training, planning, and research needs of the disaster management community.  As a center of specialized excellence, CEEDR employs a staff of world-renowned experts in emergency preparedness, emergency public health, disaster management, Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM), EMS, law enforcement, and the evolving discipline of emergency response to terrorism. 

CEEDR personnel also have significant international training and consulting experience. Our primary current project includes provision of training and consulting to Iraqi, Egyptian, and Kurdish EMS and emergency management personnel as a key member of the International Emergency Preparedness and Response Research and Training Project (IEPRP).

In addition to the IEPRP experience, our key personnel have experience in numerous countries in the Middle East, Europe, and the Americas conducting emergency management and EMS training, as well as public health and emergency management research. Some of the major projects include EMS systems development in Saudi Arabia, public health and emergency management training and research in the Americas, and EMS systems consulting and training in Europe and the Middle East.

We have provided emergency management, domestic preparedness, and emergency response consulting and planning services to numerous counties, municipalities, facilities, and organizations throughout the state and the country. In the course of this work, CEEDR has assisted with development and implementation of numerous emergency operations plans and annexes, as well as exercises to evaluate and improve existing plans.

CEEDR personnel have experience working in more than 20 countries and at least as many states, working with emergency management planning and training in jurisdictions of many sizes.

CEEDR Capabilities:

CEEDR is one of the foremost experts in the development and implementation of national disaster response systems training programs such as the United States NDMS and CCRF programs. Because of our expertise in this area, representatives from several nations, including Canada, Japan, and Taiwan have consulted with us on the development and implementation of comprehensive training and response programs for their countries. CEEDR also has considerable experience developing training programs for State, local, and private organizations, as well as in emergency management planning and response.

CEEDR Projects:

  • National Capital Region (NCR) / Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) - Emergency Support Function (ESF) - 8 (disaster health & medical) core training curriculum development project - development, production, and delivery of a core training curriculum for NCR ESF-8 responders to ensure that all ESF-8 responders in the NCR have the same basic disaster response training, regardless of individual discipline or employing agency.
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security / Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Management Institute - Catastrophe Readiness and Response Higher Education Course Development Project - developing a higher education course on the essential elements of Catastrophe Readiness and Response, as well as consulting with the FEMA Catastrophe Readiness and Response Planning team in the development of the national Catastrophe Readiness and Response plan.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Emergency planning and surge capacity project for department treatment facilities and hospitals statewide.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Disaster preparedness and surge capacity exercise project for department treatment facilities and hospitals statewide.
  • Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments /. National Capital Region Disaster Health and Medical (ESF-8) training core curriculum development.
  • Howard County (MD) Public School System - Continuity of Operations / Pandemic Influenza planning and exercise project.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Public Health Emergency Preparedness Training Blanket Purchase Agreement. Center for Naval Analysis (CNA)/ U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Subcontractor to CNA on a DHHS Blanket Purchase Agreement with multiple training and exercise tasks.
  • Maryland Regional National Disaster Life Support (NDLS) Coalition - key and founding member of the coalition; steering committee and executive council member.
  • International Emergency Preparedness and Response Research and Training Project (IEPRP), key and founding member of the coalition with responsibility for organizing and delivering international emergency preparedness training. Experience includes multiple training missions to Jordan and Egypt to train Egyptian Ministry of Health and Populations personnel, Iraqi National and Governorate Ministry of Health Personnel, and Afghani Emergency Responders.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene - Emergency planning and surge capacity project for department treatment facilities and hospitals statewide.
  • Howard County (MD) Public School System, Emergency planning, preparedness, training, and exercise project. Revised and updated school emergency response plans and Central Office Emergency Operations Center operations plan; provided incident command training, and emergency preparedness exercises for personnel from 60 schools and for EOC staff; provided emergency operations consulting and advice.
  • Prince Georges County (MD) Healthcare Coalition and Health Department, developed a hospital surge capacity expansion plan and resources for use in the event of a disaster.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Developed and wrote the model Statewide Infectious Disease / Bioterrorism Outbreak Response Guidance Plan for EMS for the State of Maryland, USA.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene / University of Maryland, Baltimore - University Hospital Center, consulted in the evaluation of the Harbor Base III statewide bioterrorism drill conducted in 2005.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, wrote the exercise evaluation after action report for the Harbor Base II statewide bioterrorism drill conducted in 2004
  • U.S. Public Health Service's Commissioned Corps Ready Reserve Ready Responders, developed and delivered emergency responder training and in-service update training.
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Disaster Medical System and Commissioned Corps Readiness Force, produced and delivered online and direct delivery basic and advanced training programs for Federal ESF-8 (health and medical) Disaster Response Teams, reaching over 16,000 responders nationwide.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, National Incident Management System Training Program - direct delivery and distance education.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Emergency Decision Making for Public Health Personnel Training Project - direct delivery and distance education.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Incident Command System Training Program - direct delivery and distance education.
  • Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Operational Security Training Program - direct delivery and distance education.