Claire B. Rubin

& Associates, LLC

Disaster Research
and Consulting


Since 1990, Claire B. Rubin & Associates, LLC, a small firm located in the Washington, D.C. area, has specialized in research and consulting in the fields of emergency management and homeland security. The firm serves clients in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Claire B. Rubin, president of the firm, is a social scientist with almost 40 years of experience in emergency management and homeland security. Her experience includes independent researcher, consultant, practitioner, and educator.

She was affiliated with the The George Washington University’s Institute for Crisis, Disaster, and Risk Management from 1998 through 2014. In recent years, the firm has produced a variety of educational products and services, most notably the Disaster Time Line series and the Disaster Bookstore.

Ms Rubin has a long-time interest in recovery from disasters. She maintains several websites on disaster topics, most notably the blog on disaster recovery called Recovery Diva. The most recent blog she created is Disasters and Faith, which features resources related to faith-based organizations and disasters. She also is the co-founder and moderator for three facebook groups regarding emergency management.

She is editor of the popular textbook, Emergency Management; the American Experience.  She coauthored Chapter 13: Unmet Needs and Persistent Problems in the book published by FEMA titled Critical Issues in Disaster Science and Management (2014).

Ms Rubin has written almost 100 publications and has presented numerous talks and lectures on emergency management and homeland security topics. She was the co-founder and Managing Editor of The Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for 6 years. (For more details, see Selected Works of Claire B. Rubin.)

At the local level, Ms Rubin is active in CERT In Arlington County, VA.   She was a member of the Arlington County, VA Emergency Preparedness Advisory Commission for three years. In 2016, she worked part-time for for the Arlington County Office of Emergency Management.

Recently, she has been a member of the Advisory Board for the University of Maryland University College, Homeland Security and Emergency Management Graduate Programs and a member of the Advisory Committee for the Georgetown University Emergency and Disaster Management Program. She has been a guest lecturer at the VA Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy.

In April 2017, she was featured in an interview with the Diva that is highlighted in the emergency management blog section of the Earth Networks website. In October 2017,  she was interviewed for the blog of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

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