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Insights From the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings: The Response That Was #BostonStrong

The Conference Board of Canada, July 29, 2015
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In the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, the city’s community effort probably set a new standard for response to a mass-casualty incident in an urban setting. A new report from The Conference Board of Canada, The Response That Was #BostonStrong, examines results of the Board’s Centre for National Security study tour to Boston to learn from those who responded to the bombing. Many of the lessons learned in Boston are applicable within the Canadian context of building resilience to a range of emergencies.

Join us as we explore key findings of the study tour and bring the 48‑page report to life. Find out how emergency management officials, designated response organizations, and the public dealt with the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. The emergency response to that incident was successful and validated years of deliberate preparation and active learning from others. Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan, Director of the Conference Board’s National Security and Strategic Foresight, will share key lessons learned from the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings, many of which are applicable to broader emergency management and the Canadian context.

Webinar Highlights

During the 60-minute webinar, you will hear how:

  • Boston’s responses benefited from years of and investment in deliberate multidisciplinary and multi-jurisdictional planning and exercises;
  • Collaborative planning and exercises built common (operational) knowledge, familiarity with protocols and processes, trust, and capacity to adapt to unexpected developments;
  • Members of the public and spontaneous volunteers played a major role in the response;
  • Social media helped to create public awareness, build support for security/public safety measures and correct misinformation.

About Dr. Kabilan

Photo of Satyamoorthy KabilanSatyamoorthy Kabilan is Director of The Conference Board of Canada’s National Security and Strategic Foresight. He has a broad range of experience from working within academia, the private sector and UK government. This has included developing and commercializing cutting edge technology, leading the development of long term strategies through the use of foresight and futures techniques and managing business change projects. “Kabi,” as he prefers to be known informally, holds a Ph.D. in Biotechnology from the University of Cambridge and an Executive M.B.A. from the London Business School.

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