The Natural Hazards Center works to strengthen communication between the hazards academic and applications communities to improve the implementation of hazards mitigation and emergency management programs. It is a widely recognized resource for researchers and practitioners who wish to obtain the most current knowledge available to solve hazards-related problems.
The Center accomplishes its work through four major activities: information dissemination, an annual workshop, information services, and research. The bulk of the Center's work is supported by a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant (CMS-0080977). In fiscal year 2005, seven other federal agencies (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) contributed funds to NSF to support this grant. The Center also receives financial support from the Public Entity Risk Institute. The Center also generates income through various service contracts, sale of publications and other products, and workshop registration fees.