Ten years later, Greenberger, the Center’s founder and director as well as a professor at UM Carey Law, presides over a research and training organization of more than 60 professionals that is recognized as one of the “crown jewels” of the University, in the words of University President Jay Perman.
CHHS provides emergency management training to a diverse assortment of professionals. For instance, collaborating with the National Library of Medicine, it created and tested a virtual training software program that works like a video game. Developed for hospital personnel, it simulates a disaster on Second Life, the online platform, and lets trainees use avatars to play and practice the roles they would assume during a real disaster.
During the last two years, the Center has successfully partnered with the US State Department’s Office of Anti-Terrorism Assistance to conduct senior crisis management seminars for high-level government leaders from Jordan, Uganda, Egypt, Columbia, Iraq, Tunisia, Pakistan, Turkey, Cyprus, Brazil and Tanzania
It has also brought its emergency planning expertise to the public school districts of Washington, DC, and suburban Maryland to ensure that they have in place the plans that would let the school system operate in the event of a disaster.