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In Focus: Emergency Preparedness

By Mari-Len De Guzman

If a disaster strikes today, are Canadian organizations prepared to deal with an emergency? COS posed this question to a panel of emergency management and health and safety leaders at a roundtable held on August 12, 2009 at the Centre for Health and Safety Innovation in Mississauga. The event was spearheaded by COS, in partnership with the Industrial Accident Prevention Association.

COS intern Larissa Cardey reports the highlights:

Discussion topics focused on the state of preparedness among Canadian organizations, the anticipated resurgence of the H1N1 flu pandemic, social networks as a tool for disaster communication and filling in the gaps for a comprehensive and effective multi-sector emergency preparedness strategy.

Click on the links below to read full transcripts of the discussion.

Are Canadian organizations ready for an emergency?

Preparing for H1N1 fall resurgence

Social networks in emergency management

Better coordination between public-private organizations


Confined space risk assessment essentials

Social networks enabling disaster communication, says researcher

Experts convene in T.O. for disaster conference

Technology answers crisis call

Pandemic planning results in savings, says study


CSA launches new emergency management standard

Sunrise: After the blast

Discussion on pandemic preparedness

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