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Important Symposium Program
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.,
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,
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
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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