Emergency Preparedness
Jul 15, 2009

First, Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Butler-Jones, provides a ­snapshot of his current challenges, reflects on pandemic preparedness, and gives sound advice on our individual responsibilities with H1N1 on the immediate horizon.

Jennifer Giroux from the Centre for Security Studies in Zurich, highlights the importance of community involvement in preparation for a pending natural disaster. She notes that, with proper training,  we can all have a local role to play.

Greg Oulahen of the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, alerts us to the need for personal preparedness – the fact is, we don’t necessarily follow through with our own individual plans.

Emergency Preparedness at the municipal level is faring better, as Lauren Walton describes the efforts underway in the town of Perth, Ontario.

No community can be fully prepared without trained search teams at the ready. Roland Hanel adds to this by offering sound notions of resiliency from the perspective of Ground Search and Rescue.

As we all face increasing incidents of severe weather, we realize, once again, that climate change is resulting in a multitude dangerous situations. We are wisely reminded by Alan Burke of the accelerating importance of dealing with this somewhat un-natural threat to our safety and security.

At the international level, K. John Morrow gives us a glimpse at the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the ­challenges in response to disasters and pandemic planning… saving lives in great numbers.

Cyber security expert David Gewirtz advises us on how to reduce risks present at massive events such as the Olympics.

On the matter of physical security, Ron Moran of the Customs and Immigration Union brings us up to date on the necessity and recent progress of the Secure Border Action Plan that was submitted to government committees in 2006.

Blair Watson outlines progress along our border (and one might muse on the expansion) with the cooperative Shiprider program between the U.S. and Canada.

On crime prevention, André Fecteau offers us, and no doubt all social workers, police forces and support agencies, and certainly Canada’s new First Nations Chief, Shawn Atleo, a fresh look at initiatives dealing with native youth crime reduction that should be pursued.

Jez Littlewood reflects on the real challenge to Canada and its laws and ­institutions of dealing with the potential dangers of terrorism following recent well-publicized events and the testimony of heads of CSIS and the RCMP before the parliamentary and senate security ­committees.

No less pertinently, David Gewirtz provides sound advice on the potential cyber threats to participants, visitors, VIP’s and organizations that might occur at the 2010 Olympic.

For those who shy away from dealing responsibly with immigration issues in a security context, Scott Newark offers his Last Word reflections on Immigration Minister, Jason Kenney’s latest actions in respect of international policy initiatives to eliminate safe country shopping for refugees and other broader issues.  

Clive Addy, Executive Editor
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