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Subject: FW: Free Symposium Delivered via the Internet and E-mail, April 18-22

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From: PERI [mailto:bounce@riskinstitute.org]
Sent: Tuesday, March 15, 2005 7:44 PM
To: Sukumar Dwarkanath
Subject: Free Symposium Delivered via the Internet and E-mail, April 18-22


Early Warning Systems – Interdisciplinary Observations and Policies From a Local Government Perspective


Name: Sukumar Dwarkanath  Email: sdwarkanath@comcare.org

Free Symposium Delivered via the Internet and E-mail, April 18-22

Important Symposium Program Announcement

The Public Entity Risk Institute (PERI) is sending you this message about an upcoming PERI Virtual Symposium on Early Warning Systems. We hope you find this information useful. If it is not appropriate for your interests, but you know colleagues who would be interested in the program, please forward this message to them.

How Can Effective Early Warning Systems Be Put in Place in the U.S., Worldwide?

The complex issues involved in how to get to the point at which useful and effective early warning system are place is the central theme of the next Virtual Symposium sponsored by the Public Entity Risk Institute: Early Warning Systems – Interdisciplinary Observations and Policies from a Local Government Perspective. The Virtual Symposium will take place April 18-22, 2005, and will be conducted in the Symposium Center here on PERI's Web site and via e-mail.

The PERI Symposium will be a 'collaborating conference,' and will be held concurrently, with the 2005 meeting of the ISCRAM Group (International Systems for Crisis Response and Management). ISCRAM is an international community of experts, and will be conducting its annual conference in Brussels, Belgium, April 18-20. PERI and ISCRAM will exchange information and jointly explore ways to contribute towards early warning system policy development.

The idea for this PERI Symposium was sparked by the tragic tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. If a tsunami warning system had been in place, could timely warnings have been provided to multiple nations and could people have acted upon the warnings?

Does the Southeast Asia disaster point to lessons that should be heeded by local, national, and international officials throughout the world? Disaster and emergency management experts in the U.S. and around the world are mindful of the difficulty of putting early warning systems to effective and efficient use – there is a considerable distance to go before standardized technology, central coordination and notification, and local response achieve a balance that leads to a truly useful early warning system.

Enroll in the Program At No Charge

Anyone interested in the topic of early warning systems can participate in the PERI Symposium by enrolling at no charge by using the online enrollment form on PERI's Web site (www.riskinstitute.org). The program will include the presentation of daily Issues and Ideas Papers; an online, ongoing discussion; and other features.

To participate in the program, simply complete the online enrollment form found in the "Symposium Center" on PERI's Web site at:


Call for Symposium Papers

The Symposium program's moderator, Dr. Eelco Dykstra, has prepared a concept paper framing several critical issues involved in early warning systems. In his concept paper, Dr. Dykstra is inviting the submission of papers to be presented during the PERI Symposium.

To read Dr. Dykstra's concept paper and call for papers, please go to the Symposium Papers page of the "Symposium Center" on PERI's Web site at:


Early Warning System Issues

Dr. Dykstra's concept paper is an attempt to look at the bigger picture of early warning systems, and to frame some of the issues involved in employing and using effective warning systems. It looks first at the issues surrounding the technology of early warning systems, most notably the need to integrate functional requirements and technical specifications. Second, it addresses the policy side by highlighting the need to find an often precarious balance between central coordination on the one hand and early awareness and active participation by local communities on the other. For without this balance, any system or technology is doomed to fail. Third, the paper offers a simple scenario that can be used as a starting point for discussion and exchange.

About the Public Entity Risk Institute

PERI is a nonprofit, non-membership organization whose mission is to serve public, private, and nonprofit organizations as a dynamic, forward-thinking resource in risk management and disaster management. PERI presents its Symposium Programs as a public service. Past programs have included Toward an International System Model in Emergency Management; Evaluating Community Emergency Services; Risk Assessment and Planning for Volunteer Fire Departments; Community Response to the Threat of Terrorism; and Dealing with Disaster

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