Emergency & Disaster Management
Metropolitan College of New York
Lorraine Motola, MS has been an Adjunct Professor at the Metropolitan College of New York in the Disaster & Emergency Management graduate program since 2010. Lorraine recently retired from the City of New York as the Director of Logistics & Emergency Preparedness for the NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene. Previously, she held the position of Corporate Security Manager at Polo Ralph Lauren headquarters. During her nearly three decades with the City, she worked at NYC Department of Transportation, for nineteen years and for the last five was the Director of Facility Security. Lorraine joined the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation in 1979 as an original Urban Park Ranger, and was later promoted to the position of Manhattan Borough Supervisor, based in Central Park. In May, 2007, she earned a Master of Science degree in Protection Management, with a concentration in Emergency Management, from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
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Course Modules (4)
Major Storms and Community Resilience part of Major Storms and Community Resilience
Extreme storms have major impacts on the communities that lie in their path. Many climate models predict increased frequency of heavy rains and icing events, freak storms, and severe weather within the continental ...
Unit 1: Foundational Concepts part of Major Storms and Community Resilience
Unit 1 introduces foundational concepts in geoscience, emergency management, and political science that are critical for developing a systems thinking approach and for achieving the learning objectives in the storm ...
Unit 3: Culmination of Module in Town Hall Meeting part of Major Storms and Community Resilience
Over the course of one week, students will apply and evaluate concepts in the context of their local community, culminating in the formulation and evaluation of Hazard Mitigation Plan recommendations presented in ...
Unit 2: Application of Concepts to Case Studies part of Major Storms and Community Resilience
In Unit 2, students apply and evaluate foundational concepts about storm hazards and risk in the context of two cases studies: Superstorm Sandy (2012) and the Storm of the Century (1993). Through different ...
Economics of Hazards & Disasters part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Courses
This course, Economics of Hazards and Disasters, provides a comprehensive overview of the economic aspects of hazards and disasters through a review of the concepts, analytical tools and policies to aid emergency ...
Real World Example: Newtown Creek Superfund Site, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York part of Integrate:Workshops and Webinars:Teaching about Risk and Resilience:Real-World Examples
Lorraine Motola, Emergency & Disaster Management, Metropolitan College of New York Summary Regional threats and vulnerabilities to Greenpoint Brooklyn, New York, which sits across the East River, due east of ...
Conference Presentation (1)
Earth Science, Major Storms and Community Resilience part of Rendezvous 2015:Program:Abstracts
Extreme major storms (hurricanes, winter storms) have large impacts on the communities that lay in their path. Recent examples include Hurricane and Tropical Storms Katrina (2005), Irene (2011) and Sandy (2012), ...
Other Contribution (1)
Lorraine Motola: Using Major Storms and Community Resilience in Disaster Response and Recovery at Metropolitan College of New York part of Major Storms and Community Resilience
My course is designed for upper level Disaster Management students currently in the field, or seeking to enter the field. That said I think it is advantageous to seek out real world materials that support the academic goals of the program with career preparation in mind. Therefore the module satisfies those desires while offering systems thinking, building interdisciplinary connections, using real world examples and local data. This methodology is an extremely beneficial framework.