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Enabling Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Fire Ignitions in Complex Firefighting Contexts

Prescribed fire is critical for reducing catastrophic wildfires and sustaining healthy ecosystems. Yet the technology to support fire ignition and monitoring remains stagnant, risky, and expensive. This project aims to develop the Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology that can transform prescribed fire ignition and monitoring by: 1) enabling the communication between UASs and humans by […]

Medical Reserve Corps Challenge

Psychological First Aid is an evidence-informed approach for assisting children, adolescents, adults, and families following a disaster incident1. PFA training provides essential skills for disaster responders so that they are able to educate individuals about the normal physical, emotional, and behavioral responses to disasters. It also teaches responders how to recognize when and how to […]

Increasing the Capacity for Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning in the Lower Missouri River Basin States

This project brings together University of Nebraska-Lincoln researchers from the Nebraska State Climate Office, High Plains Regional Climate Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Community and Regional Planning Program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research, and University of Nebraska Public Policy Center to help municipalities across the Midwest plan for changes in climate. Projected changes have […]

Countering Violent Extremism

The Public Policy Center is partnering with Nebraska Emergency Management and Two Rivers Public Health Department in a project funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security focused on countering violent extremism (CVE). The project focuses on identification of barriers to reporting potential signs of radicalization and preferred community strategies for addressing these barriers, especially […]

Connecting Volunteers – Protecting Communities

This project increases community resilience in urban and rural areas by equipping volunteer responders with Psychological First Aid (PFA) skills. The Public Policy Center will work with the Eastern Nebraska/Western Iowa Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) to increase the capacity to deliver PFA training to volunteers by developing a cadre of trainers within the MRC, creating […]

Ebola Preparedness and Response Activities

Center researchers worked with state and local officials to update Nebraska’s concept of operations plan for responding to Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Our team partnered with university, public health and medical personnel to ensure plans were coordinated for healthcare response, surveillance, monitoring, patient referral, and infection control activities. Center researchers also developed messages with public […]

Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) Program

The Public Policy Center partnered with the Nebraska Statewide Critical Incident Stress Management Program to update the program policies and procedures and augment the state’s infrastructure for supporting emergency response personnel after a critical incident. The partnership built on the strength of the CISM program by linking it with researchers whose work enhanced the program’s […]