Managing Disasters: Readiness, Then ResponseTuesday, May 1, 2012 / 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
Sarah Burd-Sharps, Co-Director, Measure of America
Nancy Aossey, President and CEO, International Medical Corps
Ken Burris, CEO, Witt Associates; former Chief Operating Officer, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Edmund Cain, Vice President, Grant Programs, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Denis O'Brien, Chairman, Digicel
Nancy Roman, Director of Public Policy, Communications and Private Partnerships, U.N. World Food Programme
When a disaster strikes, resources are mainly directed to emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care. But the medium- and long-term recovery needs of communities are often neglected. While the focus is rightly on saving lives in the short term, the effects of natural and man-made disasters on productivity, economic growth and macroeconomic performance prolong the humanitarian crisis. There has been a great deal of evolution in humanitarian assistance (including an increased share of financing from foundations, corporations and individuals), but international responses can be chaotic. This panel of experts will discuss best practices for more coordinated delivery and management of relief and recovery. They'll also explore the urgent need and cost-saving benefits of investing in capacity-building before disaster strikes.