Rutgers University on Friday opened a new institute designed to address some very contemporary issues: emergency preparedness, disaster response and homeland security.
The Rutgers Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security will combine the university’s research, education and readiness programs and serve as one-stop access for government agencies, businesses and others, it said in a news release.
“Rutgers established the institute to play a leadership role, nationally and internationally, in the fields of emergency preparedness, disaster response and homeland security,” Clifton R. Lacy, the institute’s director, said in the release.
“It brings together experts from the broad spectrum of disciplines that exist at Rutgers University – to forge collaborations among those professionals and between Rutgers faculty and entities in the public and private sectors.”
Lacy previously served as New Jersey’s health commissioner and as president of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
The institute’s first conference will feature acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman and former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge.
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