Our Work

Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Research Center (PERRC)

Emory PERRC focuses on the comparative analysis of public health systems to produce practical and sustainable outcomes that serve to improve our nation’s public health systems in the event of a disaster.  The PERRC includes four projects including Academic-Community Partnerships in Preparedness led by Alexander Isakov, MD, MPH, CEPAR executive director, and Anne Dunlop, MD, MPH. The Academic-Community Partnerships project examines the role of academic institutions in community disaster response and the facilitators and barriers to collaborative response efforts by academic institutions and public health systems.  This project seeks to facilitate effective and sustainable preparedness and response systems by illustrating the potential role and contribution of academic-public health partnerships and successful preparedness, mitigation, and response initiatives that resulted from these partnerships. 

Feasibility and Acceptability of Using 2-way text Messaging to Improve Response to Critical Events

(PI: Sullivan P, Co-Investigators: Magee M, Isakov A, Zerylnick J)

Text messages are useful for timely communication during public health emergencies and to transmit health data in infrastructure-limited settings. Little is known about the feasibility of two-way short message service (SMS) texting to collect public health preparedness and surveillance data. We aimed to determine the feasibility and acceptability of using two-way SMS texts to collect situational assessment data in simulated disaster events during a university-based pilot study.


In 2009, when the H1N1 pandemic flu threatened to strain healthcare resources, Emory faculty in collaboration with the State Division of Public Health, the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation, the deBeaumont Foundation and national partners developed the Strategy for Off-Site Rapid Triage (SORT), a risk stratification tool designed to assess illness severity and risk factors in an effort to direct individuals to the place most suitable for their condition; home for convalescence or clinic/ER for further evaluation and care. The CDC ultimately adopted a version as a clinician decision support tool and the Department of Health and Human Services (Flu.gov) and Microsoft Corporation (H1N1 Response Center) adopted a web-based version for individual self-assessment.

The Emergency Management for Higher Education Grant Program

The Emergency Management for Higher Education (EMHE) grant program supports institutions of higher education (IHE) projects designed to develop, or review and improve, and fully integrate campus-based all-hazards emergency management planning efforts.