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    Strategic Disaster Management – The International Challenges?

    Target Audiences:
    This truly international event is open to all members of disaster and emergency response and emergency management organisations and all first responders from all walks and aspects of response and mitigation, from the civil to military sectors to all who collaborate in mitigating the effects of disaster and major flood events for the citizens involved. These include Fire, Police, EMS, Mountain Rescue, all terrestrial and water borne search and rescue teams, First Responders, Second Category Responders, all government organisations – both national and local - and all NGO’s involved with water rescue both in USA, the World, UK and Europe and all professionals, stakeholders and actors within the responder sector together with unpaid community volunteers.

    U N Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, 2009:
    To quote Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations in his introduction to the first edition of the United Nations Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction: “The risk of disaster touches every woman, man and child on Earth.
    Drawing on detailed studies, the report urges a radical shift in development practices, and a major new emphasis on resilience and disaster planning. Floods, droughts, storms, earthquakes, fires and other events, when combined with ‘risk drivers’ such as increasing urbanization, poor urban governance, vulnerable rural livelihoods and the decline of ecosystems, can lead to massive human misery and crippling economic losses. The risks posed by global climate change and rising sea levels carry additional grave implications for how we will live in the near future.
    While we cannot prevent natural phenomena such as earthquakes and cyclones, we can limit their impacts. The scale of any disaster is linked closely to past decisions taken by citizens and governments – or the absence of such decisions. Pre-emptive risk reduction is the key. Sound response mechanisms after the event, however effective, are never enough.
    The current rate of progress is inadequate if we are to achieve, by 2015, the substantial reduction of disaster losses called for in The Hyogo Framework for Action and in the Millennium Development Goals. Fortunately, we know what to do.”

    Key focus:
    If we are to achieve our goals in setting out to assist withDisaster Reduction’ for all involved in the essential quest to build a safer world then we need to share understanding, information and learning, identify emerging strategies, asset types including the benefits and opportunities for Rescue Service use of air assets, and opportunities for mutual aid / joint working and renderingAssistance across Agencies and Borders – By Breaking down the Barriers’. This event will assist that aim through a better understanding of ‘International Disaster Management Structures’ through the case studies to be presented at the event.
    A key feature of the programme is that of knowledge transfer to enhance the crisis management, business continuity management and recovery capability of participating organisations. To make sure this event is as effective as possible, it is organised to give all attendees a unique, entertaining, participative and challenging experience.

    By following incident and exercise timelines and political perspectives provided by experts and leaders of front line responder organisations such as fire and first responders from around the world, delegates will gain a greater understanding of, and insight into rendering assistance across Agencies and Borders and obtain mutual benefit for our citizens and communities.