Mission: Since 1962, DERA has assisted local governments, community organizations and families to prepare for and recover from disasters. We publish a wide range of preparedness materials, conduct training sessions, host workshops and sponsor exercises and drills. We conduct a Science, Engineering and Social Studies awards program which recognizes students who do research in emergency preparedness and disaster studies. Upon request, we deploy teams to disaster areas to provide technical assistance in communications, logistics management, recovery planning and information systems operation. We last-resort funding to local groups and individuals when there is dire need. We certify and sponsor response task forces and teams.