The Office of Critical Event Preparedness and Response (CEPAR) was founded in 2007 and charged by the president and board of trustees of Emory University to serve as the center for Emory enterprise-wide planning for and coordinated response to natural and human-caused catastrophic events affecting Emory and the broader community.

The objectives of the CEPAR team are to:   

  • Bridge the operational, educational, and research activities of the Emory enterprise relevant to catastrophic event prevention, protection, response, mitigation, and recovery 
  • Coordinate the resources of the Emory enterprise to ensure an orchestrated response to a catastrophic event 
  • Craft novel multidisciplinary solutions for the mitigation of threats 
  • Communicate with the preparedness and response community as well as local, state, and federal agencies with one voice 
  • Improve the likelihood of extramural funding in this discipline 

What We Do

CEPAR plans and coordinates responses to natural and human-caused catastrophes

Learn More about CEPAR

Meet the Team

The CEPAR staff and roles and responsibilities

Our Staff


Published research of CEPAR staff and their collaborators

Selected Works

Contact Us

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