The Disaster Risk Reduction Program at Virginia Tech (DRR) is a multi-disciplinary academic research and implementation center of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech). DRR is a network for applied research, implementation and dissemination in the field of disaster risk management. It includes natural scientists, engineers, architects, urban planners, economists, sociologists and policy analysts. DRR takes a systems approach to disaster management including the identification of risks (hazard and vulnerability), reduction of risk through development of physical and operational mitigation measures and risk transfer through the mechanisms of insurance and relief policy.