Jeffrey Schlegelmilch

Director, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP), Columbia Climate School

Research Scholar, National Center for Disaster Preparedness (NCDP)

Adjunct Associate Professor of Climate, M.A. in Climate and Society

Columbia Climate School

National Center for Disaster Preparedness
475 Riverside Drive
Suite 401
New York, NY 10115-0095


Jeff Schlegelmilch is the Director for the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia Climate School, Columbia University. In this role, he oversees the operations and strategic planning for the center. He also oversees projects related to the practice and policy of disaster preparedness. His areas of expertise include public health preparedness, community resilience, and the integration of private and public sector capabilities.

Prior to his role at Columbia, he was the Manager for the International and Non-Healthcare Business Sector for the Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response. He was also previously an epidemiologist and emergency planner for the Boston Public Health Commission. Mr. Schlegelmilch has overseen numerous initiatives integrating emergency preparedness and response across government and non-government sectors. This includes leading a study to determine the requirements for a national operational epidemiological modeling process, developing and delivering a national training program focused on evacuation and sheltering of people with medical dependencies, and developing new models for community resilience with a focus on children.

He is also a FEMA-certified Master Exercise Practitioner and has been in a leadership role on numerous discussion and operations-based exercises, including one of the largest municipal bioterrorism response, exercises ever conducted. He has advised leaders on preparedness systems and policy at various levels of government. He has published peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from the national funding streams for public health and medical preparedness, the integration of the private sector into disaster response, and improving the integration of complex analytical information into disaster operations. He has also been published as an Opinion Contributor by The Hill and Fortune and has been used as a subject matter expert for numerous media outlets.


Only select projects listed below
Name Start Date End Date
Addressing Gaps in Housing Disaster Recovery: A Training Program for the Whole Community 9/1/17 8/31/21
Community Economic Recovery from Disasters 10/1/16 3/31/21
Emergency Response Group Assessment Pilot Project (OEPR 20/RD 1) 1/4/18 6/30/18
Enhancing Financial Literacy of Individuals and Businesses for Post-Disaster Recovery 9/1/18 8/31/21
GSK IMPACT GRANT for Healthy Resilient and Prepared Communities 4/1/15 9/30/18
NYC DOHMH Performance Measure Development 7/1/16 9/30/16
NYC DOHMH Performance Measure Development - Phase II 9/15/16 6/30/17
NYC DOHMH - PMDP SOARS Inventory 1/1/17 6/30/17
NYC-DOHMH Nursing Phase IV Trainings 2/1/15 6/30/15
Performance Measure and Dashboard Development for NYC Healthcare System (HPP 44) 9/15/17 6/30/18
Resilient Children/Resilient Communities Initiative 12/5/18 12/4/20
Save The Children's Resilient and Ready Communities Initiative 8/1/14 7/31/15
SLOAN-NYC School Safety Phase 1 5/1/15 10/31/15
Tools and Information for the Lives of Children on the Move 5/8/18 8/8/20
Training Solutions: Transitioning Disaster Survivors from Temporary to Permanent Housing 9/1/18 8/31/21
Innovative Disaster Recovery Strategies for Interim and Permanent Housing Construction 9/30/19 9/30/22
Developing and Implementing a Thought Leadership Strategy 12/18/19 1/13/21
Exercises to Support Microgrid and Smart Cities Planning 1/13/20 6/30/20
Pandemic Thought Leadership for ComEd 4/8/20 6/20/21
PPFA COVID-19 Preliminary AfterAction Analysis 7/1/20 6/30/22
Planning Support for Reed Expo 7/1/20 12/31/20
Continuing a Thought Leadership Strategy for ComEd 1/4/21 12/31/21
Planning Support for Reed Expo 7/1/21 12/31/21
Quantifying the Value of Resilience for the Grid of the Future for ComEd 9/15/21 9/30/22
Scenario based Testing of Processes for Importation of Humanitarian Aid in Response to Natural Disasters and Health Crises - Madagascar 12/1/21 12/31/22
Baton Rouge Mental Health Asset Mapping 2/1/22 12/31/22
Natural Hazards Index v2.0 1/1/23
Training Solutions: Enhancing Tribal Nations Readiness and Resilience 9/22/23 9/21/26
Development and Delivery of Childcare Emergency Operations Plans Trainings in Puerto Rico 7/1/22 12/31/23
Rural Disaster Research & Evaluation 8/10/22 12/31/23
Exploring the Integration of Community Vulnerability into Grid Resilience Strategies 11/1/22 10/31/23
NYC Healthcare Emergency Surge Staffing 1/1/23 6/30/23
Collaborative Research: INFEWS/T1: Understanding Multi-Scale Resilience Options for Climate-Vulnerable Africa 9/15/16 8/31/20


Only select publications listed below
Name Published Date
State Policy Report - Disaster Resilience: 2023 Session Recap 2023
Preparing for compounding crises: Staff shortages and cyber-attack vulnerability in the era of COVID-19 2022
Remote work and climate change: Considerations for grid resilience in the 21st century 2022
State Policy Report - Disaster Resilience: 2022 Session Recap 2022
Establishing a Foundation for Performance Measurement for Local Public Health Preparedness 2021
Informes Temáticos RCRC: Porqué los Niños Deben Ser la Prioridad #1 en Desastres 2021
Integrating Data Variability Into Contemporary COVID-19 Decision Support 2021
RCRC Issue Briefs: Why Children Should Be the #1 Disaster Priority 2021
Using analytics to support a utility's initial response to the COVID-19 pandemic amid an uncertain evidence base 2021
Current Data Gaps in Modeling Essential Worker Absenteeism Due to COVID-19 2020
Initial Coronavirus Disease–2019 Closure Strategies Adopted by a Convenience Sample of US School Districts: Directions for Future Research 2020
A Philanthropic Approach to Supporting Emergent Disaster Response and Recovery 2019
Chronic Disease After Natural Disasters: Public Health, Policy, and Provider Perspectives 2018
Emergency Preparedness Training for Hospital Nursing Staff, New York City, 2012–2016 2018
Regions Respond to Catastrophes 2017
Acts of terrorism and mass violence targeting schools : Analysis and implications for preparedness in the USA 2016
Anger Versus Fear: Perceptions of Terrorism Among the American Public 2016
Children in Disasters: Do Americans Feel Prepared? A National Survey 2016
Crisis Decision-Making During Hurricane Sandy: An Analysis of Established and Emergent Disaster Response Behaviors in the New York Metro Area 2016
Schools and Terrorism: Global Trends, Impacts, and Lessons for Resilience 2016
Superstorm Sandy: Lessons for Optimizing Limited Training Resources for Local Impact 2016
The American Preparedness Project: Where the US Public Stands in 2015 2016
The Biosurveillance Analytics Resource Directory (BARD): Facilitating the Use of Epidemiological Models for Infectious Disease Surveillance 2016
Disaster Prepared: How Federal Funding in the United States Supports Health System and Public Health Readiness 2015