DRC-Disaster Research Center

The Disaster Research Center

Celebrating 50 Years of Disaster Research and Education


Announcing DRC Stewardship of EMForum.org Archive

The E.L. Quarantelli Collection is taking over EMForum.org's extensive archive of their webinars and programs. This collection of web-based resources covers a broad range of topics of relevance to emergency management practitioners and theoretical researchers. These valuable resources are available via the E.L.Q. Collection main page.

Welcome to the Disaster Research Center

The Disaster Research Center was established in 1963 and now, fifty years later, DRC is celebrating its continued success in research, training, and service to the disaster community. DRC was established at The Ohio State University in 1963 by Professors E.L. Quarantelli, Russell Dynes, and J. Eugene Haas and moved to its current location at the University of Delaware in 1985.

The Center was the first in the world devoted to the social scientific study of disasters. Social scientific research is still one of the core products produced by DRC even as we expand into multi-, inter-, and cross-disciplinary work. Historically, DRC has conducted field interviews and extended research projects on group, organizational, and community preparation for, response to, and recovery from natural and technological disasters and other community-wide crises. All DRC research is intended to yield both basic scientific knowledge on disasters and information that can be applied to develop more effective plans and policies to reduce disaster impacts.

Important note: Our website is currently undergoing rennovations. If specific information is currently not available, please check back. We are making every effort to complete our updates in a timely manner.