Efus members invited to the 2011 International Disaster and Emergency Resilience conference to be held in Florence (Italy), 13 and 14 April

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Efus members are invited to attend the 2011 edition of the International Disaster and Emergency Resilience (IDER) conference which will take place in Florence (Italy) on the 13th and 14th April 2011, whose theme will be community resilience in the face of natural or man-made disasters, and global climate change.

Created in 1997, IDER is a conference with exhibits dedicated to best practices and solutions to ensure readiness for, response to, recovery from and resilience to disasters and major emergencies, be they natural or man-made. It is also an international network of crisis management specialists, assembling professionals and organisations working on ways of avoiding, preparing for and responding to such disasters. Previous IDERs have had participants from over 30 countries in Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Australasia.

Covering both human and natural disasters, from fires and floods to terrorist attacks, IDER has explored, among others themes: the role of the media during disasters; training to prepare responses before a disaster begins; planning initiatives; coordination of different emergency services; and international standards and certification. IDER uses case studies, such as earthquakes, floods, fires and terrorist attacks, to identify the many lessons to be learned and to showcase best practices.

The theme of the 2011 conference, community resilience, is particularly relevant in the light of last year’s dramatic floods in Pakistan and earthquake in Haiti, where millions of affected people received almost no immediate aid. Some of the topics that will be discussed at this conference are:

  • community resilience with a focus on the United Nations Environment Programme, Awareness and Preparedness for Emergencies at the Local Level (APELL) scheme;
  • Informed Prepared Together project – this Red Cross European Office project, funded by the European Union, provides resources, information, practical tools and a website for developing the ability of individuals, communities and organisations to be better prepared to cope with emergencies and disasters;
  • integrated emergency response – the need to combine local community resilience with the national and international response to disaster;
  • vital resources in disaster response – the key resources needed in response to disasters include water, food and shelter;
  • medical aspects of disaster – medical needs assessment, clinical issues, medical/health campaigns and preparing hospital for mass casualties are all part of medical readiness and response.

For more information, visit www.iderweb.org