Rapid Damage Assessment Speaker Series
Date and Time:
SESSION 1 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 9 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)
SESSION 2 WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)
SESSION 3 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 7 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)
SESSION 4 WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 21 12:00PM-1:00PM (EST)
Virtual (Zoom Webinar)
Rapid damage assessment is a critical component of post-disaster response, a crucial step in recovery, and very essential for timely and effective decisions by emergency managers following a medium to large-scale event. While new technologies such as satellite imagery, drones, crowdsourcing, and artificial intelligence have created opportunities for faster and more accurate damage assessment, conducting rapid damage assessment on the ground faces many challenges and issues. The main goal of this webinar series is to create a platform and forum for researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge and experiences on the current state of rapid damage assessment methods, tools, standards, procedures, best practices, etc. CIFAL York organizes a webinar series to provide a space for knowledge exchange and experience sharing between experts and policy makers to discuss the best practices and emerging technology being used to conduct Rapid Damage Assessments. (RDAs).
Goals and Objectives
The key goals and objectives of the speaker series are to:
- Discuss and exchange knowledge about the current state of rapid damage assessment after disasters and emergencies.
- Explore and understand how different jurisdictions plan for and conduct rapid damage assessment.
- Explore different emerging technologies and tools for rapid damage assessment.
- Identify the main challenges and issues faced by jurisdictions in rapid damage assessment.
- Learn from jurisdictions that have recently conducted rapid damage assessment after disasters.
- Learn about the types of standards, best practices, Standard Operating Procedures, and organizational structures that are available for rapid damage assessment.
- Examine the roles that different stakeholders at national, provincial, and local levels can play in rapid damage assessment.
- Explore how building partnerships can help enhance rapid damage assessment.
- Emergency managers at local, provincial, and federal governmental agencies.
- Rapid Damage Assessment Team Members
- Disaster and emergency management, public health, and emergency response students or researchers.
- First Responders.
- Public sector leaders and executives with responsibilities in disaster and emergency management.
- Policy analysts.
- Local and regional decision makers and emergency managers.
- Representatives of intergovernmental organizations.