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The Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center (HRRC) was established at Texas A&M University in 1988. HRRC researchers focus on hazard analysis, emergency preparedness and response, disaster recovery, and hazard mitigation. HRRC includes the expertise of architects, planners, sociologists, policy analysts, economists, landscape architects, and engineers. Dr. Dennis Wenger is the first Director, and Dr. Michelle Meyer started as the fifth director in July 2019. 

Mission Statement

The HRRC is:

Our Missions are: 


What types of hazards does HRRC study?

The HRRC studies the full range of natural and technological hazards. The natural phenomena include floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and drought. Technological hazards include chemical and nuclear plant accidents, transportation accidents, and pipeline explosions.

What is the purpose of this research activity?

There are two purposes of the research. First, research aims to reduce the vulnerability of communities to natural and technological hazards by enhancing mitigation and preparedness activities. Second, research findings can contribute to the recovery of communities that have been struck by disaster by improving response and long-range recovery activities. Our research aims to improve basic knowledge about societal relationships with hazards as well as conduct applied research projects aimed to support specific resilience activities.

What types of problems does the HRRC study?

HRRC engages in a wide-ranging program of research. Among the topics are housing recovery, emergency search and rescue, evacuation, transportation of chemicals, hazard warning communication, shelter damage assessment and recovery, tornado warning systems and impacts, community mitigation activities, the epidemiology of death and injuries in disaster, social vulnerability to disaster impacts, floodplain analyses, and community disaster preparedness.

Who funds the research of the center?

HRRC research activities are supported by a variety of institutions and organizations. Basic support is provided by Texas A&M University and the College of Architecture. Outside support comes from such groups as the National Science Foundation, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, World Resources Institute, Australian Research Council, Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Sea Grant Program, American Planning Association, Army Corps of Engineers, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, among others.

How are the research findings disseminated?

HRRC distributes research results through a number of channels. The HRRC Publications Series includes books, research monographs, reports and articles that are available from the Center. Information is provided to both the research community and emergency management officials through presentations at conferences, annual meetings and workshops, and through the publication of books, monographs and papers in scholarly and applied journals.

Does the HRRC engage in any activities in addition to research?

HRRC works with extension specialists to develop instructional material and offered workshops with local hazard and emergency officials. We regularly present at local, state, national, and international public events.

How can I get involved with the HRRC?

Interested undergraduate and graduate students can talk with staff and faculty fellows about research opportunities. Community members can reach out to us to learn about how we can support your research or education needs. 



We are one of only two United Nations (UN-OCHA) Collaborative Centers in the world.

Serves OCHA as a research and consultant agency with particular emphasis on national disaster plans and their implications for future development.

Boat Rescue during Hurricane Harvey

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Firemen at explosion accident