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Crisis and Mass Disaster Management

The terror threat and extreme natural disasters have turned formerly stable, civilian environments into “kingdoms of uncertainty” similar to military battlefields. However, in a battlefield, it is possible to gather information on the enemy’s capabilities, consequently reducing uncertainty by predicting probable courses of action; while the nature of natural disasters, human accidents or terrorism intensifies uncertainty and the risk of catastrophe.

An organised and effective response to large scale sudden disasters (LSSDs) or emergencies requires enlisting professional personnel, as well as the special tools, techniques and physical resources. The needed items in enough quantity are rarely available "off the shelf"; one country alone can not supply all that is required immediately. It is more plausible to bridge the gap by mobilising professionals and equipment from abroad.

An efficient response may require the involvement of other countries. A disaster may take place within the realm of one country, or extend beyond national borders. As LSSDs tend to have long-term demographic, economic, local-political and even religious effects they usually draw regional or international attention and involvement.

An international emergency response system is designed to strengthen the national and regional disaster response capabilities in the case of a disaster-affected country.  In many cases, governments spend precious funds in the purchase of equipment, often without specifying the appropriate needs in line with their national strategy. The goal should be to achieve better decision making by: real risk assessment, deciding on the doctrine for each threat and for all necessary levels.

The Crisis and Mass Disaster Management  Programme will include analyses of mass disaster issues and potential crises. A key issue in this programme will be the most efficient application of resources in times of crisis in order to solidify and strengthen management capabilities.

The programme objectives are:
Bullet 1
 To deepen participants’ theoretical and practical understanding of issues
  involved in the management of crises and mass disasters
Bullet 1 To increase participants’ capacity for innovative planning and
  implementation of policy in response to crises and mass disasters
Bullet 1 To improve participants’ decision-making skills
Bullet 1 To familiarise participants with the tools and methods (executive and
  technological) in order to enable decision makers to cope with national

Programme Description
This two week seminar will include analysis of advanced theories and practices, required for facing the challenges of crisis and mass disaster events.  Lectures will be supplemented by study tours, case studies and workshops.

Programme Participants
The seminar is designed for senior executives in the security, emergency and municipal communities, such as general managers and commissioners of police, fire brigades, national guards, hospitals, mayors and senior officers who manage organisations which are responsible for planning, preventing and managing mass disasters and crisis.  All are entrusted with preventing, preparing for and managing crises and mass disasters.

Internationally known Israeli experts in Crisis and Disaster Management will address the participants. Lectures will be supplemented by case study analysis, group discussions, group work, games and simulations. Study Tours will demonstrate solutions of real life crisis management scenarios.  A workshop on Crisis Management Analysis will give the participants a unique and practical chance to improve their analysis abilities.

The following subjects will be addressed:

Crisis Management and Preparedness
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 The Role of Health Services during Crisis and Mass Disaster
Bullet 1 Operating the Economy in Times of Emergency
Bullet 1 The Role of NGOs in Coping with Crisis and Mass Disasters
Bullet 1 The Role of the Media in Crisis, Mass Disaster & Emergency Situation
Bullet 1 First Response Teams – Learning from Experience
Bullet 1 Disasters Management and Population Preparedness
Bullet 1 The Role of the Police in Crisis and Mass Disaster Management
Bullet 1 Strategic  Decision Making during  Emergency Situations
Bullet 1 The Role of the Rescue Services in Crisis and Disaster Management

Management of Large Scale Sudden Disasters
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 Large Scale Sudden Disasters (LSSDs) Management - Introduction to
  National Non-Military Emergencies
Bullet 1 Confronting LSSDs

The International Community in Response to LSSDs
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 An LSSD Story: (Trainee's Country - Earthquake – NaTech)
Bullet 1 Consideration for Rehabilitation – First Phase
Bullet 1 Consideration for Reconstruction  - Advanced Phase
Bullet 1 National Security and National Strength

Public Resilience – Psycho Social Aspects
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 Community Resilience Models
Bullet 1 Preparedness and Operation of Communities in Crisis Events
Bullet 1 Functional Continuity Models – Resilience of the Business Sector in Crisis

Please Note: The above curriculum outline is intended as a guide only. The sequence of programme offerings is subject to change at the discretion of the administration.

Mr. Or Gabrieli
Programme Director
Centre of Strategic Studies
Galilee International Management Institute (GIMI)
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Phone: 972 4 642 8888
Fax: 972 4 651 4811

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