Disaster Management 2011
2nd International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health: Reducing Risk, Improving Outcomes
11 - 13 May 2011
The second International Conference on Disaster Management and Human Health Risk has taken place at the University of Central Florida organised by that Institution, represented by Professor Alain Kassab, and by the Wessex Institute of Technology (WIT) of the UK, represented by Professor Carlos A Brebbia. The meeting was also co-chaired by Professor Eduardo Divo of Daytona State College, Florida.
Opening Addresses by Professor Alain Kassab and Professor Carlos Brebbia
The conference was opened by Professor Alain Kassab who described some of the work taking place at the University of Central Florida. The Institution which has now nearly 60,000 students has grown rapidly in the last few years being the second in the USA in terms of students. It has a strong commitment to engineering with a substantial number of specialisations. The new development at UCF has been the creation of a medical school which is to be the nucleus of a Medical City comprising several hospitals and research centres. The university is also renown for its Centre for Optical Studies and Lasers and Solar Energy Laboratories.
Keynote Address by Dr Naim KapucuCarlos then introduced the Keynote Speaker, Dr Naim Kapucu, Director of the Centre for Public and Non-Profit Management at the University of Central Florida. The title of his talk was ‘Cross-section and inter-organisational networks for disaster resiliency and sustainability’.
Naim spoke of the Emergency Services Framework (ESF) developed in the USA which coordinates the work of different organisations at the national and local level.
Florida – Dr Kapucu explained – has one of the best disaster management systems in the USA, as part of the collaboration of federal agencies and local governments, within what is called the Federal Response Framework. The experience of 9/11 and other disasters have also led to the emphasis on emergency management and collaboration of official agencies with private enterprise.
An important quality is to be ‘disaster resilient’, i.e. to have the capability to bounce back in the face of major disturbances. This is a function of the vulnerability of the region and resources available amongst others.
The components of a disaster – Dr Kapucu said - are;
The important concepts are;
Collaboration networks are required for disaster response with interdependent relationships, sufficient complexity, use of ICT and the appropriate continuity and sustainability.
The system has been developed in response to the major disaster threat that the USA has faced in the last few years.
Following Dr Kapucu’s speech, there were other invited presentations at the meeting;
The other papers were classified in the following sections;
The conference banquet took place at the end of the first day in a well-known restaurant located on the waterfront in Cape Canaveral Port. This is a unique environment combining a marina for recreational yachts, fishing vessels, commercial shipping, large cruisers and the NASA fleet which is used for rocket boosters and other missions. The lights of the rocket launching pads could be seen across the water, reflecting the type of activities that has made Cape Canaveral a household name all over the world. The delegates were able to taste the fish dishes for which the restaurant is renowned, accompanied by excellent wines. The occasion was very friendly.
Special Presentation on 'Emergency Management for Higher Education Institutions'
At the end of the second day, there was a special presentation on ‘Emergency Management for Higher Education Institutions’ by Jeff Morgan and Jennifer Fleischmann of the University of Central Florida, followed by a description of the UCF stadium facilities.
Publication of Proceedings
The proceedings of Disaster Management and Human Health Risk II, 336pp (Print ISBN: 978-1-84564-536-6; Online ISSN: 1746-4498) are available from WIT Press priced at £145/US$232/€198. Orders can be placed on the WIT Press web site at www.witpress.com or by email:
, telephone: +44 (0) 238 029 3223 or fax: +44 (0) 238 029 2853.
|Wessex Institute of Technology, UK|
|University of Central Florida, USA|
|WIT Transactions on the Built Environment|
German Aerospace Centre, Germany
G Badalians Gholikandi
Power and Water University of Technology, Iran
Instituto Tecnológico E Nuclear, Portugal
University of Toronto, Canada
University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’, Italy
University of Catania, Italy
Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia
German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany
Tokyo University of Science, Japan
University of Catania, Italy
UN Human Settlement Programme, Kosovo
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