Emergency Response to Terrorism Events: Six Key Insights

The Conference Board of Canada, October 11, 2017
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From Barcelona and London to Ottawa ON, terrorist attacks continue to make headlines all over the globe. These events differ in some ways from traditional emergencies, requiring responses that are complex, quick, and dynamic, all within a crowded stakeholder space.

How prepared is Canada and its citizens to deal with emergencies resulting from terrorism events? What can we learn from recent events across the world that will help us to be better prepared to deal with an attack on home soil?

In February 2017, The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for National Security and Council on Emergency Management held a joint meeting that brought together senior members of local, federal, and international law enforcement, and emergency response officials to discuss recent terrorist attacks, trends in emergency preparedness, and ways to move forward.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60-minute recorded webinar, Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan discusses:

  • Key insights for dealing with emergencies arising from terrorism events, as derived from discussions with international, national, and local law enforcement and emergency management professionals.
  • Six key areas that need to be considered in an emergency response to a terrorist event including: communication, partnership, adaptability, victim definition, first responder recognition and identification, returning to normalcy as soon as possible.
  • Recommendations for improving the response to these types of emergencies.

About Dr Kabilan

Photo of Satyamoorthy KabilanDr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan is the Director, National Security and Strategic Foresight, with the Conference Board of Canada. In his current position, he leads the National Security and Public Safety (NSPS) team and provides leadership and oversight to all contract research and executive network activities. Dr. Kabilan co-founded and managed two technology start-ups and has been a leader in the UK’s Future Security and Intelligence Outlook Network (FUSION). In addition, he has been involved in developing the UK’s National Counter Terrorism Strategy (CONTEST), supported the capability development of the National Crime Agency, and worked on future force development for the UK’s Ministry of Defence.

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