Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society‚Äôs capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious disease; and terrorism. Jointly affiliated with the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, PCL takes a comprehensive perspective, looking at risk reduction strategies, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.

The Program on Crisis Leadership is led by faculty co-directors Arnold M. Howitt and Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard

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Adaptive Resilience:
PCL Senior Fellow Joseph Pfeifer explores how FDNY has adapted and redefined itself in the years following 9/11.

 

The National Guard and the  Homeland:
PCL collaborates with the National Guard on Executive Education programs for the Guard's senior leaders and their partners.

 

5 Years Forward:
Tuscaloosa, AL, led by Mayor Walter Maddox - a PCL Senior Fellow - has launched a website highlighting its recovery from the EF-4 tornado that tore through the city on 04/27/11.

 

PCL Faculty Lead HKS Research on Disaster Response & Recovery
Since Hurricane Katrina, PCL faculty have been investigating how to improve disaster response and recovery capacity in the US and abroad. 

 

 

 

Innovations in Disaster Management: The Use of Technology in Crisis Response, Humanitarian Relief, and Disaster Recovery:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

 

Past Event Highlights:
Accelerating Disaster Recovery:
Friday, January 22, 2016

 

The Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Challenges of Policy, Politics, and Logistics
Tuesday, October 6, 2015

 

Ebola: Can We Avoid a Global Pandemic?, a JFK Jr. Forum Panel 
September 9, 2014

 

 

 

NEW Article: In "Command Under Attack" PCL researchers reflect on lessons learned in the 15 years since 9/11 for responding to large-scale and novel emergencies.

 

NEW Case Study: "Fears and Realities" profiles how Dallas, TX responded to cases of Ebola in 2014. 

 

Featured Book : Brassard, Giles, and Howitt, eds., "Natural Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific: Policy and Governance" 

 

White Paper: "Why Was Boston Strong? Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing"