Shaping Urban Resilience: How Government and Nongovernment Organizations Work Together in Disaster Response and Preparedness

by Kristina Byrne on December 18, 2012

Originally aired December 13, 2012, Co-produced by the National Council for Science and the Environment

Effective disaster response requires concerted efforts by government at all jurisdictional levels, coordinating with a network of nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector.  Disasters like Hurricane Sandy draw on relief efforts from many different organizations, with differing priorities. As different stakeholders are all working toward the common goal of relief and rebuilding, communication between organizations and with affected populations is imperative. Take a look at this (prezi) presentation from FEMA’s Field Innovation Team to see what they learned from Sandy response.

Drawing on the expertise gathered by NCSE’s 13th annual conference, Disasters and Environment: Science, Preparedness, and Resilience, Peter Saundry, NCSE Executive Director, moderates a panel of experts discussing disaster response network coordination, case studies, experiences and lessons learned:

Disaster Response and Recovery

  • Kevin F. Kelley is Senior Director, Community Preparedness and Resilience Operations with the American Red Cross, where  programs focuses on building community resilience before a disaster, by enhancing community collective action around preparedness.
  • Joe Ruiz is Humanitarian Relief Program Manager at The UPS Foundation. Mr. Ruiz is responsible for efforts to enhance the disaster preparedness and response capabilities of the humanitarian community through key partnerships in the public and private sector that can benefit from UPS’s logistical expertise and financial resources.
  • Ellis Stanley is Vice President of Western Emergency Management Services at Dewberry LLC.  Previously working in Atlanta-Fulton County and the City of Los Angeles, he has over 35 years in the emergency management field, including training and leading emergency management delegations in 35 countries.



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