This conference is organised by the Global Risk Forum in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) and is the largest world gathering of key players in this field.
IDRC Davos 2014 (24-28 August) attempts to find solutions to today’s challenges by managing risks, reducing disasters and adapting to climate change.
Importantly, it is a powerful opportunity to influence world policy. As a speaker we will be making recommendations for the Post 2015 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework to be ratified at the UN World Conference WCDRR in Sendai Japan in 2015.
Our topic will be “The importance of a whole of community approach to using social media for disaster resilience and how the Emergency 2.0 Wiki can help.”
- Emergency services use social media to issue alerts and warnings to save lives
- Emergency agencies engage with the community as partners
- The community is prepared, including people with a disability
- Digital volunteers from across the globe provide ‘information aid’ during and after disasters
- The community reaches out to help the community
We believe that social media can play a transformative role in making disaster resilience a social norm. Social media offers the potential to help create a level of resilience that ensures communities don’t just ‘bounce back’ after a disaster, but ‘bounce forward’, becoming stronger with increased social networks, social cohesion and social capital. This requires a ‘whole of community approach’ in which the community becomes partners in using social media for disaster resilience.
We will be showcasing how this can be done using best practice examples from around the world and sharing how the Emergency 2.0 Wiki, a free global resource for using social media and new technologies in disasters, can help.
With thanks to our Sponsor
We would like to thank our major sponsor, Emergency Management Australia, part of the Australian Attorney General’s Department, for making our presence at #IDRC2014 possible.
A great development from Australia in recent years has been the Australian Emergency Management Knowledge Hub. The Knowledge Hub provides research, resources and news to assist evidence-based decision making for the emergency management community nationally and internationally. For a vast range of disaster related multimedia and historical information on events such as bushfires, heatwaves, floods, environmental incidents, cyclones, epidemics, earthquakes and landslides, visit the Knowledge Hub and follow them on Twitter on @AEMKH.
We are excited to have this opportunity to showcase the Emergency 2.0 Wiki on the world stage and share our message on how countries can build disaster resilience through a whole of community approach to using social media.
We also look forward to making strategic contacts to form alliances with international bodies.
Join the conversation on the conference via the hashtag #IDRC2014.
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Eileen Culleton, Founder & CEO (Voluntary role)