Managing Emergencies & Natural Disasters

mend lab

The MEND (Managing Emergencies and Natural Disasters) Lab in the School of Aging Studies at USF combines the research of faculty members concerning disaster preparedness for older adults and caregivers. This work includes federal and foundation grant-funded projects on the effects of hurricanes and the COVID-19 pandemic and disaster preparedness policies and practices.

MEND lab

The MEND Research Mission

  • To increase awareness about the importance of emergency preparedness for older adults and caregivers
  • To understand and explain the impact of disasters on vulnerable populations
  • To provide resources to help all individuals make the best possible decisions when faced with an emergency