DERA was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1962 for the purpose of providing disaster preparedness and response support to communities in the U.S.
Since 1976, our mission has been international, with members currently representing nations around the world.
DERA is a membership organization open to all who share our commitment to helping individuals, families and communities prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.
Planning, mitigation, training, exercises and evaluation are important parts of that preparedness, response and recovery effort.
To learn more about DERA or to join us as an individual or organizational member, please visit our home page at:
The Institute for Preparedness and Resilience is a major not-for-profit program of DERA.
With headquarters in Greeley, Colorado, the Institute provides services to government, business, industry and community organizations on a nonprofit fee-for-service basis.
We define Resilience as the ability to deal with, recover from, and whenever possible gain strength from adverse events through comprehensive planning and preparedness. Few emergencies and disasters are as unpredictable as many people imagine, therefore it is possible to attain great resilience through expert preparedness.
With an extensive network of experts in every field of preparedness, response, recovery, planning and operations, literally no support request is too small nor too large for the Institute.
Our aim is to provide assistance wherever we are welcome.
Please contact us to discuss your needs.
The Institute for Preparedness and Resilience is a service program of the Disaster Emergency Response Association (DERA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization