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Urban and Regional Planning

University at Buffalo

116 Hayes Hall

Buffalo, NY 14214

716-829-2133 ext 224


Dr. Ernest Sternberg

Research Interests:

General conceptualization of disaster planning within a state, urban area, or facility

Summary of Recent Relevant Research:

Dr. Sternberg’s current work asks: How should responsible public officials organize their thinking about the enormously complex issues raised by proneness to disaster? How should they make decisions despite extreme uncertainty and what ethical dilemmas arise under such uncertainty? How can municipalities effectively plan for the systems and capabilities needed in an emergency? His recent published work has focused on planning to avert health emergencies and hospital disasters. Other work has examined urban earthquake recovery and preparedness for severe winter storms. He was project director for the SUNY-wide conference “Scholarship in Homeland Security” held in Albany in Sept. 2005. He is founding president of Protect NY, a group of researchers and educators focused on ways to protect New York State from terrorism, epidemics, and natural or technological disaster (

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Reported hospital evacuations by hazard type, 1977-1999. In Sternberg, Lee, and Huard, Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2004.