The International Center for Disaster Resilience (ICDR) integrates and strengthens organizational, regional, and national capacities to deliver all-hazards mitigation and recovery initiatives for disasters and complex emergencies. ICDR primarily focuses on underserved regions of the world and healthcare institutions in the United States. ICDR provides high quality system assessment, state-of the art medical-psychosocial emergency and disaster response, unique evidence-based training programs, and process improvement opportunities through the consistent use of approved research and intervention methodologies.
Through the fusion of emergency medicine and psychosocial recovery methodologies, we create extremely high quality disaster and emergency management service continuums, which allow our clients to better serve their constituents and stakeholders in dealing with those complex emergencies that occur every day, with a committed focus to ongoing preparedness and sustainability. Employees and clients of ICDR are respected for their diverse identities, and culturally dependent approaches.
The concept of disaster resilience is relatively new and has been generally applied to the fields of structural engineering, evacuation planning, post-disaster food security for at risk populations, and the adaptability of societies to learn from the disaster and gain new mastery to utilize in the face of the next disaster. The current literature does not reference disaster resilience as it applies to the physical, medical and behavioral health recovery of individuals or their human organizational systems (families, hospitals, communities, states or nations).
ICDR was founded on the principle that there is a great need for integrated approaches between high quality educational, training, and preparedness/response services dedicated to the management of disasters and complex emergencies, with a particular focus on embedding the sustainability of recovery and post-disaster growth through naturally occurring resiliency trajectories of individuals and their organizational systems, including healthcare systems such as hospitals. ICDR has carefully integrated all the fundamental operational processes of medical and psychosocial response initiatives into disaster operations, allowing for the treatment of both the whole individual and their human organizational systems. This is unique in the world of Disaster Medicine and Emergency Management.