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. Researchers study the full range of natural disasters and technological hazards.

The HRRC is:

  • an interdisciplinary collaborative effort, revolving around a specific research or education activity, whose participants involve more than one academic department or unit;
  • administered by a director or agency director or below;
  • focused on largely externally supported research or education activities broader than those interests of a given department or administrative unit (Texas A&M University System Policy: Creation of Centers and Institutes 11.02 , May 1, 2013). 

HRRC includes the expertise of architects, planners, sociologists, policy analysts, economists, landscape architects, and engineers. Dr. Dennis Wenger is the founding Director, and Dr. Walter Peacock has been the Director since 2004. 

Mission Statement

  • To increase our understanding of the nature and impact of natural and technological hazards upon humans and the physical and built environment in which they live, and to increase our knowledge regarding hazard mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
  • To enlarge the hazard research community through graduate student training, faculty development, and educational endeavors.
  • To disseminate research findings to the research community and to practitioners so they can use this information to mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
  • To provide assistance and consultation to those state, national and international agencies charged with responsibility for hazard analysis, emergency preparedness and response, disaster recovery, and hazard mitigation.

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.

Natural disasters include:

  • floods

  • hurricanes

  • earthquakes

  • tornadoes

  • droughts

Technological hazards may involve:

  • chemical plant accidents

  • transportation accidents

  • hazardous materials 

  • lifeline failures