The mission of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Coastal Hazards Center (CHC) of Excellence to enhance the nation’s ability to safeguard populations, properties and economies and improve community resiliency to the consequences of natural hazards.
The principle focus of the Education Lead is to develop educational curricula focused on natural disasters that will serve as a firm and enduring foundation for producing the next generation of highly educated, creative and innovative researchers to help solve the existing and future DHS challenges relating to natural disasters in coastal areas. In order to successfully carry out this education objective, projects that stimulate interest in natural hazards and disasters research at the K-12 levels are a necessary complement to undergraduate and graduate education initiatives. The K-12 efforts include a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition, summer workshops for high school students, summer internships for high school teachers, and visits to high schools by faculty to promote challenges and present some accomplishments of the Center.
The Research Lead focuses on advancing understanding of hazard resilience and transferring that knowledge into action, resulting in reduced loss of life or injury and lessened damages to the built and natural environment. The mission is achieved through the following objectives:
- To expand understanding of hazard science through rigorous interdisciplinary research focused on hazard resilience.
- To develop a translational model that moves knowledge into practice using IT products and education reflecting the diversity and needs of targeted audiences.
- To become a self-sustaining organization, utilizing leveraging opportunities fostered through Center partnerships.