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Resilience Simulation and Exercises

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The mission of the Resilience Simulation and Exercises working group is identify, analyze, and develop simulations & exercises that enable strategic and operational foresight in issues of resilience in post-disaster, economic downturn, or socio-ecological degradation scenarios.  These simulations and exercises will provide key insights into shaping policy and improving anticipation, mitigation, preparedness, response, relief, and recovery under significant emerging challenges. 


Annie McCleary Barb Farr Ben Sheppard Craig Vanderwagen drvroeg efrost
Eric Kutner George George Bressler Jeff Kutner Jim Buckley Kathy Gilbeaux
Katie Rast Laurie Van Leuven mdmcdonald Michael Gresalfi Mike Kraft

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Host of Ailments Plague African Ebola Survivors

WALL STREET JOURNAL BY Betsy McKay                     May 1, 2015

MONROVIA, Liberia—Dorbor Sirleaf thought his ordeal with Ebola was over in October, when he walked out of a treatment unit, having overcome the ruinous disease.


Instead, the 29-year-old father of four is suffering from symptoms he says he never had before he had Ebola. His legs and other parts of his body ache. Worse, he has trouble seeing, particularly distances. His eyes itch, hurt and often water up. “Sometimes my tears can be rolling,” he said.

More than 15,000 people have survived Ebola in West Africa, and more than 10,800 died, in the largest epidemic of the disease by far in history—one that has yet to be extinguished. But many have emerged with an assortment of mysterious physical ailments, including joint pain, fatigue and a particularly worrisome and common complaint: vision loss. Some, like Mr. Sirleaf, say their eyes hurt. Others report blurred vision or say they can’t see at all.

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Great Shakeout Earthquake Drills


submitted by Katie Cook

Many areas of the globe are prone to earthquakes. You could be anywhere when an earthquake strikes: at home, at work, at school or even on vacation. Are you prepared to survive and to recover quickly?

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: "Drop, Cover and Hold On." ShakeOut also has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.


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Defining ‘Resilience’ as an Innovation Strategy


Amy Purdy, an "adaptive" snowboarding champion and advocate for amputee empowerment via sports - by Reena Jana - October 18, 2012

CAMDEN, ME — On a chilly October day, a stone’s throw from a postcard-perfect New England harbor and across from an adorable town square, a group that included chief executives, grad students, physicians, public-school educators, activists, scientists, and artists gathered. Some members of this diverse crowd, assembled for the annual PopTech conference from October 17-20 at the Camden Opera House, were from large companies such as Nike, Google, and Procter & Gamble. Others were the twentysomething founders of start-ups that no one has ever heard of–yet. Or they were academics, investors, designers, engineers.


Business Continuity Institute (BCI) - Test Your Incident Management Skills with BC24- Play to Win!

"Pledge to Prepare” with the Business Continuity Institute (BCI)

Test Your Incident Management Skills with BC24- Play to Win!  
Available to play 24th -28th September only!  Register now by contacting ***@***.*** : it's free of charge.
BC24 is an online, incident simulation game for six players. It concentrates an extended incident scenario into a short period of time. Players are faced with a series of choices through the game; the choices made are scored and outcomes may differ depending on choices made. BC24 is very flexible and allows people to play in their own time as well as from any location with an Internet connection. BC24 is a great way to introduce your staff to BCM and to develop practical understanding in a fun way.  It is also a proven tool to embed BCM into an organisation’s culture.

Emergency Capacity Building Project - Tools and Resources

submitted by Tim Siftar

The Project

Disasters and humanitarian emergencies are increasing in magnitude and complexity*. This presents a major challenge to NGOs that respond to these emergencies.

In order to address this challenge, emergency directors from 7 agencies - CARE International, Catholic Relief Services, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam GB, Save the Children and World Vision International- came together in 2003 to discuss the most persistent obstacles in humanitarian aid delivery. The Inter-Agency Working Group (IWG) on Emergency Capacity that emerged from this meeting launched a systematic analysis, resulting in the publication of a Report on Emergency Capacity in 2004.

Phase II - launched in 2008

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Proceedings for the 2011 Community Health Resiliency Workshop are Now Available



Thank you for attending the 2011 Community Health Resiliency Workshop; your participation helped make this event a success!

Material from the workshop is now available for download in the attachment below, and at:


The Community Health Resilience Workshop Coordination Team

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Anticipating The Perfect Storm of Impossible Events

submitted by Jonathan King

By: Rich Miller - - February 20, 2012

Jesse Robbins is a trained fireman. He also has managed some of the world’s largest Internet infrastructures. Robbins says the lessons of fire readiness can be applied to building reliable systems.

“You cannot learn the lessons of failure without experiencing it,” said Robbins, the co-founder and Chief Community Office at Opscode. “That’s why we do fire drills.”


X24 - Mexico - Exercise 24

VizCenter - San Diego State University

February 8, 2012 - 8:00am

Purpose of X24 México

Exercise 24 (X24) México is the third iteration of a primarily virtual, open-invitation, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise with real-world functional components that is hosted by San Diego State University’s “Immersive Visualization Center” (VizCenter).

Participants include DHS/Office of Health Affairs, NORAD-NORTHCOM, US Customs and Border Protection/Global Borders College, Mexican Army and Navy, Mexico Federal Police, Ministry of Defense from Vietnam, India National Disaster Management Agency, World Shipping Council, Red Cross, Pacific Disaster Center, NYK Logistics, National defense University, and growing.

X24 México Goals

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RAND - Focus on Community Resilience - Newsletter

imageWelcome to the first Focus on Community Resilience newsletter. At RAND, we have been intensively studying the many cross-cutting issues related to how communities can withstand and recover from disasters and other conditions that affect community well-being. We are launching this newsletter to share research findings, resources, and tools with people like you who are working to help communities prepare for natural and manmade emergencies. We hope this newsletter will stimulate an exchange of ideas among community leaders and a forum to share lessons about resilience-building strategies and activities.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review - Collective Impact

imagesubmitted by Theresa Bernardo

Illustration by Martin Jarrie

by John Kania & Mark Kramer - Winter 2011

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations. 

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