To shed light on the lessons and questions arising from Hurricane Katrina, experts with New York University’s multi-disciplinary Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR) are available for comment in connection with the year anniversary of the storm.

Among the NYU academics available are: Professor Paul Light (how ready are we?); Professor Mitchell Moss (the federal government); Dr. Lewis Goldfrank (public health); Christian Lucky (legal responsibilities of local governments).

In addition, other faculty members with CCPR are available to speak on such issues as the medical/operational response to Katrina; how organizations deliver bad news through their chains of command; resettled evacuees; the effects on students, school districts, and cultural institutions.

For contact information and further details, reporters and editors should contact Robert Polner of NYU’s Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.2337 or

In response to the events of September 11, 2001, Congress and the Department of Homeland Security provided New York University with federal funding to develop a university-wide, cross-disciplinary center to improve preparedness and response capabilities to terrorist threats and catastrophic events. Drawing on each of its fourteen schools, NYU formed the Center for Catastrophe Preparedness and Response (CCPR) and initiated research projects that address issues ranging from medical capacity during crises, to legal issues relating to security, to first-responder trauma response, to state-of-the-art training for first-responders.For more information, click on

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