Emergency Management and Disaster Science

Elyse Zavar Ph.D.

Dr. Elyse Zavar is an assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Management and Disaster Science. Prior to joining the faculty at UNT, she was an assistant professor in the Department of the Environment, Geography & Marine Science at Southern Connecticut State University. An internship with a local government’s emergency management office sparked her career in hazard geography, which has also included work as a flood insurance map analyst.

Featured course: EADP 4040 International Disasters

Every country, government, and society reduces vulnerability to hazards and copes with disasters differently. Led by the United Nations, international disaster risk reduction efforts have made moderate progress. However, in the absence of preparedness and mitigation activities, many countries focus primarily on a reactive approach to managing disasters. This method is not sustainable.

Students share experiences of EMDS summer internships

From Washington State, to Washington D.C., and half a world away to New Zealand, EADP students returned from several exciting internships this summer, as highlighted in recent course presentations. At the September 29, 2017 internship class, seven students recounted their fieldwork experiences. Several of the presenters acknowledged the value and pertinence of the classroom experiences they gained at UNT, when they had to “do it for real.”

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