Western Illinois University Emergency Management Program Coordinator Dr. Jack L. Rozdilsky, assistant professor of health sciences at WIU, is available to serve as an expert source regarding the short- and long-term recovery efforts surrounding the tornado outbreaks that struck Illinois April 9.

Dr. Rozdilsky's areas of expertise include tornado disasters in the Midwest United States, near earth object (asteroid) threats, long-term disaster recovery, community betterment after crisis, disaster field research, emergency management in higher education, disasters in arts and culture, and various emergency management practice-related topics.

He teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in such areas as emergency management foundations, hazards and disasters in emergency management, principles of emergency management, hazard mitigation and disaster recovery, disaster preparedness and response, dimensions of disaster (disaster social science) and business continuity after a natural disaster.

Dr. Rozdilsky is active in post-disaster field studies and he has done research (see http://www.wiu.edu/news/archive.php?search=Rozdilsky&Submit=Search) in communities stricken by floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, volcanic hazards, and technological/environmental disasters. He is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and the Illinois Emergency Services Management Association (IESMA).