DRC-Disaster Research Center

Eva Wilson

Graduate Research Assistant
163 Graham Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Email: ekwilson@udel.edu

Bio

Eva began her career in disaster management serving in an AmeriCorps disaster relief program from 2006-2007.  During her time, she worked in various Emergency Operation Centers, emergency shelters, emergency supply distribution sites, as well as on various debris removal response crews.  She also spent a total of 5 months in Pass Christian, Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina, working on long-term recovery efforts for the city, and two weeks responding to wildfires in Montana.  Two years later, Eva continued wildland firefighting as a full-time seasonal employee with the U.S. Forest Service.  Realizing her passion for emergency management and public service, she decided to pursue her master's in a related field and came to the University of Delaware to do so in 2010.

Under the advisement of Dr. Joseph Trainor, her thesis research focuses on best practices for learning and training the Incident Command System (ICS), the nation's most prominent emergency response management system.  She is also working under Dr. James Kendra on a current research project studying nursing home evacuations in disasters.  Eva has a bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky in Public Relations, serves on the Graduate Student Senate Sustainability Committee, and is working on a project to collect reusable items from students during UD's student move-out to keep the items out of the landfill and redistribute them to people and charities in need throughout the community.