About Our Institute

Director's Welcome

Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPHSince 9/11 the Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness (IDEP) has been providing education and training in the broad spectrum of all-hazards preparedness. It began with the singular mission of preventing, preparing, responding, and recovering from man-made disasters ranging from bioterrorism to weapons of mass destruction. Very soon after, its mission broadened to include non-intentional man-made disasters, natural disasters, breaches of campus security, pandemics, and more recently issues involving marine security and oil rig safety. A major niche of IDEP has been and will continue to be hard-to-reach and vulnerable populations, too often overlooked.

Today IDEP has professional and support staff with considerable experience in various aspects of all-hazards preparedness and major support from the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as the State of Florida Department of Health. IDEP has a reputation that extends throughout the nation and internationally. It has provided instruction to 48 of the 50 states and 14 other countries using a combination of face-to-face and on-line educational formats. IDEP intends to remain a significant national and state resource in disaster preparedness providing education and training for physicians, other health professionals, first responders, and the general public.

Leonard A. Levy, DPM, MPH
Associate Dean for Education, Planning and Research
Director, Institute for Disaster and Emergency Preparedness
Nova Southeastern University
College of Osteopathic Medicine