Track: Analytics in the Public Sector
Mitigation, Resilience and Equity: Analyzing and Responding to Homeland Security Threats
As the Department of Homeland Security’s first University Center of Excellence, the Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Threats and Emergencies (CREATE) serves our nation through creation of advanced models and tools for the evaluation of the risks, costs and consequences of threats to human livelihood and through assessment of strategies to mitigate risks and respond to emergencies. The presentation will describe CREATE’s integrated and holistic approach for independent assessment of hazards, both malevolent and unintentional, including terrorism, accidents, and naturally occurring events. CREATE generates models, tools, evaluation methods, software, targeted analyses and communication protocols. We enhance the operations of homeland security agencies, making them more efficient and effective at improving the nation’s security in the face of terrorism, natural disasters and technological accidents. At the same time, CREATE conducts fundamental research that advances the science of risk analysis, economics and operations research in risk, behavioral, economic and decision analysis. Example applications will be provided along with a description of new work studying environmental disasters.