Lessons Learned: Success, Failures, and Government Accountability in Disaster Mitigation and Response

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 09:00-10:30
Location: Hörsaal 47 (Main Building)
RC39 Sociology of Disasters (host committee)

Language: English

This is a guided discussion. 
Following a disaster, responding government agencies, NGOs, and community-based volunteer organizations provide temporary solutions to the most visible impacts. Responders and affected communities engage in high profile discussions about response and future mitigation during the period of heightened awareness and public scrutiny that follows a major event. A focus on “lessons learned” serves to reassure the public that significant changes will be made to prevent catastrophic events in the future. This is one of the key themes of the 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk.
This session seeks to engage academics and practitioners in a discussion around issues of the role and responsibility of governments and whether/how “lessons learned” are implemented at the community level. Does information gleaned from one event actually reduce vulnerability and resilience at the local level? What mechanisms need to be implemented to improve information flow from government agencies and NGOs to local communities?
The goal of this session is to foster a dialogue that focuses on how disaster research can inform processes, policy makers, the broader public’s understanding of disasters, disaster policy, and disaster rebuilding policy, and improve public safety. 
We are seeking four or five scholars to begin the dicussion with a five to ten minute presentation, then drive the group discussion.
Session Organizer:
Andrea LAMPIS, National University of Colombia, Colombia
Michele COMPANION, University of Colorado, USA
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