The Centre for Environmental Change and Human Resilience (CECHR)at the University of Dundee, with the Social Dimensions of Health Institute (SDHI) of the Universities of Dundee and St Andrews, are hosting a knowledge exchange event on Wednesday 28th September 2011: ‘Increasing the Resilience of Vulnerable Citizens to Natural Hazards and Disasters’. A growing body of policy and academic evidence has identified the particular vulnerabilities of older people, disabled people and people with chronic illness in natural disaster events, and the need for improved emergency preparedness planning and capacity building amongst individuals and their families, health and social care providers, emergency services, and local and national government.
With the likelihood of increased frequency and severity of floods, storms, heat waves and severe cold weather, identifying the vulnerability of older people, disabled people and people with chronic illness, and building resilience at all scales, are issues requiring immediate academic and policy attention.
The event will bring together policy makers, practitioners and academic researchers, to pool information and ideas around vulnerability and resilience, emergency responsibilities and responses, and information access and accessibility.
The event will involve presentations, interactive sessions, panel discussions and networking. More information will be made available shortly.