The Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management (CDMM) at Anna University was born of a major initiative on the part of the University in response to the call of the International Decade for Natural Disaster Reduction (IDNDR). An international Conference on Disaster and Mitigation (INCODIM) was hosted during 19th to 22nd January 1996. About 300 delegates from 38 National and International agencies gathered to discuss as many as 126 papers on disasters due to Floods, Cyclones, Landslides, Forest Fires, Droughts, Earthquakes, Cloud Bursts, Mining and Environmental Degradation.

   The idea of setting up of Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management subsequently got a big stimulus by the patronage received from Director, IDNDR-Secretariat, Geneva. The idea eventually turned into ground reality with the seal of approval of the syndicate of Anna University on 24th December 1996.

   The activities of the centre got a further boost when the Government of Tamil Nadu also accorded its approval for setting of IDNDR Collaborative Centre for Disaster Mitigation and Management. Ever since, the Centre has moved forward from strength to strength, with the passage of time. Today, its main strength lies in its vision for Disaster Free India, its multidisciplinary expertise, its International and National linkages and its vibrant work programme driven by Innovation and Ideas. Faculty are drawn for operation of research project from various departments viz, Civil Engineering, Electronics and Communication Engineering, Physics and Media Sciences. Being located in the campus of a highly progressive and reputed University, it also has the gift of continuous association with fertile young minds.