DRU Projects

2018 Disaster Resilient Universities Summit White Paper

The 2018 National DRU Summit was held in Eugene, Oregon, on April 4 and 5, 2018. The summit featured presentations by higher education experts and thought leaders, as well as peer-to-peer discussions, workgroups, and networking sessions to help participants advance the concept of resilience on their campuses. The white paper summarizes the peer-to-peer discussions that took place.

National Higher Education Emergency Management Program Needs Assessment (2016)

National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS), Disaster Resilient Universities® (DRU) Network, and International Association of Emergency Managers - Universities and Colleges Caucus (IAEM-UCC). This report presents the results of a needs assessment of emergency management programs at institutions of higher education (IHEs) in the United States. The findings are based on information collected from a survey of emergency management practitioners at IHEs, targeted interviews, case studies, discussions at a summit of representatives from Oregon IHEs, and input from a project advisory committee. This report focuses on the spectrum of hazards and events that cause emergencies at IHEs: natural hazards (i.e. earthquakes, floods, severe weather events), biological hazards (infectious diseases), human-caused events (i.e., active shooter, fires, chemical spills), technology-caused events (cyber attacks), and others. It considers how campus emergency management programs plan for, respond to, and recover from events. A research team from the University of Oregon Community Service Center (CSC) conducted the research, analyzed the results, and provided key findings as part of the study. The CSC research team identified five key themes related to emergency management program needs: institutional engagement, training and exercises, plans and operational continuity, staffing and resources, and partnerships and assistance. The findings are organized around these five themes, with each theme including supporting data and analysis.

DRU Community of Practice and Repository

“DHS First Responder Communities of Practice” is a professional networking, collaboration, and communication platform created by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate. This vetted community of members focuses on emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and other homeland security issues. A DRU group shares information and technical resources (such as templates or examples, After Action reports, lessons learned, and best practices or case studies); it also engages in discussions and dialogues related to the profession and emerging issues around campus emergency management.

Training & Course Development

DRU members were on the HEOA/Clery Act negotiated rulemaking team and also worked with FEMA to help built a series of courses aimed at campus resilience. 

  • “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Higher Education (L-363)” is a three-day course designed to teach campus teams the foundations of emergency planning, risk assessment, and overall preparedness and readiness.  
  • “Emergency Planning for Campus Executives (G-367)” is a modular, two-hour course designed for senior executives at higher education institutions.  
  • “Executive Seminar: Prevention of, Response to, and Recovery from Campus Emergencies (MGT324)” is a two-day overview of prevention, response, and recovery activities for college and university campuses.

Emergency Management Accreditation Pilot Program

DRU members partnered with International Association of Emergency Managers - Universities & Colleges Caucus (UCC) to bring the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP, an internationally recognized emergency-management standard and accreditation system) to colleges and universities. The DRU and UCC members worked with EMAP on a pilot project for accrediting institutions of higher education that have campus-based, emergency-management programs. Pilot assessments of four institutions started in October 2011 and concluded in August 2012. We are proud to announce that the EMAP program is now open to any college/university globally.

Professional Association Engagement

The DRU Network is actively engaged with other professional associations, such as the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), International Association College Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA), Campus Safety Health and Environmental Association (CSHEMA), University Risk Management and Insurance Association (URMIA), National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and others.


The DRU Network is engaged with other federal agencies, including the U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Emergency Management Institute, National Center for Domestic Preparedness and Training, National Center for Campus Public Safety, and many more.