North America

Resilience research in Canada

THE SOCIAL DIMENSION OF EMERGENCY RECOVERY

This paper presents a model of the social phenomena of emergency recovery and predicts the dynamics of  affected communities that enable social recovery to be managed as the context for personal recovery. It is based on observations of Australian disasters and emergencies over the last twenty years and on research findings in the literature.

I Don't Have Time

The author addresses some issues regarding the element of "time" and volunteer management in disaster

Using Social Media for enhanced situational awareness and decision making

This report discusses examples of how agencies currently leverage social media to enhance situational awareness and support operational decision-making, as well as challenges and potential applications. It also identifies critical areas requiring further consideration and research to address key technology, process, and policy gaps.

Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada

The Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada (CISC) is a strategic document that sets goals and identifies key national priorities to enhance governance, planning, technology, training and exercises to promote interoperable voice and data communications. The CISC, through its Action Plan, provides a series of action items, including milestones, to help emergency responders and relevant government officials make measurable improvements in day-to-day operations, as well as emergency communications, on an annual basis.

The People Who Panic During Disasters Aren’t Who You Think They Are

This magazine article explains the persistence of disaster panic myths despite the pro-social behaviour people frequently exhibit in disaster contexts.

Agreeing on Robust Decisions: New Processes for Decision Making Under Deep Uncertainty

Investment decision making is already difficult for any diverse group of actors with different priorities and views. But the presence of deep uncertainties linked to climate change and other future conditions further challenges decision making by questioning the robustness of all purportedly optimal solutions. While decision makers can continue to use the decision metrics they have used in the past (such as net present value), alternative methodologies can improve decision processes, especially those that lead with analysis and end in agreement on decisions.

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