Hurricane Sandy: Lessons Learned for Canadian Disaster Preparedness

The Conference Board of Canada, February 17, 2015
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Hurricane Sandy was a stark reminder that even mature response organizations with well-thought-out plans and deeply experienced staff can be taken off guard. The disaster proved that emergency management agencies must always be looking to improve their scenario-based planning and make continuous efforts to anticipate potential obstacles to the execution of their plans.

In May 2014, The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for National Security conducted a study tour to New York City to hear first-hand how authorities and critical infrastructure operators responded to Hurricane Sandy. Participants in the study tour had the opportunity to engage with senior officials from municipal, state, and federal levels of government; representatives of leading private corporations; as well as some of the volunteer organizations that played a role in response and recovery efforts.

Join the Conference Board’s own Dr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan as he details the findings of this tour, and what lessons other agencies can learn about emergency response before, during, and after the crisis hits.

Webinar Highlights

During this 60 minute recorded webinar attendees will learn more about:

  • Key takeaway messages and insights that were developed during the executive study tour;
  • Emerging governance-related challenges that complicate the response efforts to major natural disasters;
  • Important lessons for Canadian disaster preparedness planning, community recovery, and the creative development of solutions in support of survivors.

About Dr. Kabilan

Photo of Dr. Satyamoorthy KabilanDr. Satyamoorthy Kabilan 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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