CRHNet Symposium 2009

The symposium was held at the Fantasyland Hotel in West Edmonton Mall.

Synergy and Creativity in Emergency Management: Engage - Communicate - Collaborate

The symposium explored "lessons observed" and advance them towards "lessons learned". This theme was aimed at exploring mechanisms, processes, or systems that would advance the engagement of all key stakeholders (including the public) in collaborative community disaster resilience effort.

The Symposium drew topics from four distinct aspects of risk, hazard, and emergency management with theme sessions focused on "Synergy and Creativity in Emergency Management".

Health Science: sessions relating to the physical and mental health aspects of hazard, related response processes and appropriate mitigation-related solutions. This will attract researchers/practitioners from public health, emergency medical services, mental health, etc.

Physical Science: sessions relating to the physical aspects of hazard, the processes that generate hazardous impacts and appropriate mitigation solutions. This will attract researchers/practitioners from meteorology, seismology, physical geography, etc.

Social Science: sessions relating to the socioeconomic aspects of hazard, vulnerability and socially oriented mitigation solutions. These sessions will be of interest to sociologists, psychologists, human geographers, health professionals, business entrepreneurs, the insurance industry, etc.

Governance, Policy, and Management: sessions relating to the development and implementation of emergency management programs. This will include legal and jurisdictional issues, program models, and post-event analysis of a community's response and recovery to recent events. These sessions will be of most interest to civil service and elected officials, policy makers, emergency managers, first responders, standards developers, etc.

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