Since 1970, 150,000 terrorist events and attacks have been recorded, along with countless natural disasters, hazards, and crises totaling to hundreds of thousands of incidents affecting millions of lives, and costing billions of dollars. FIRE’s Risk Communication and Resilience Stream does cutting edge research with various government agencies ranging from DoD, DNDO, NOAA, and others to contribute to real solutions that impact the costs to human life created by these calamities. We impact policy and best practice by leading the way in Risk Communication research to help shape a safer world for all of us to live in tomorrow.

The Risk Communication & Resilience FIRE stream develops science-based answers for how effective government communication can help individuals and communities best prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters. Headquartered at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), a Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence housed within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS), our research team consists of a national network of researchers from disciplines including anthropology, criminology, communication, computer science, English, geography, history, international affairs, political science, public health, and sociology. We impact how disasters of the world are handled tomorrow, with the cutting edge research of today.

In additional to the General Education credit listed below, this stream's second-semester course (FIRE254) counts toward UMD's Global Terrorism Minor.


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2017 Risk Communication & Resilience Innovation & Research Stream

2016 Risk Communication & Resilience Innovation & Research Stream

2015 Risk Communication & Resilience Innovation & Research Stream

Faculty Leader
Dr. Brooke Liu

Research Educator
Dr. Emina Herovic