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Defining Resilience: If I Were FEMA Administrator

What definition are you using for "disaster resilience?"

I would love to have more of a dialog on this topic of defining resilience. At our Center for Regional Disaster Resilience(CRDR) event coming this summer, we'll have a two-day symposium on disaster resilience. The first topic on the agenda will be "Defining Disaster Resilience" for which I'll have a panel of experts from cities, one state and the National Academies of Science.  

Details on that event are below, along with a registration link. Attendance for the symposium is capped at 150 based on space available.

Pacific Northwest Disaster Resilience Symposium
When: July 24-25, 2017
Where: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Pkwy, Portland, OR 97201
Cost: $195

The Pacific Northwest Disaster Resilience Symposium is a two-day event hosted by the Center for Regional Disaster Resilience and developed to bring together leaders and decision makers from throughout the region to address common issues, examine solutions, and promote information sharing. The Symposium will be take place on July 24-25, 2017. It will be embedded within the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region’s Annual Summit in Portland, Oregon, from July 23-27. Embedding the Disaster Resilience Symposium within the larger PNWER Summit will provide attendees with the opportunity to interact face-to-face with elected officials and legislators and increase awareness for important disaster resilience issues.

The Symposium will include the following plenary sessions:

  • Calgary Flood and Alberta Fires Response and Recovery
  • Climate Change and Adaptation
  • Critical Infrastructure Interdependencies - Cross State/Province/National Borders
  • Cybersecurity
  • Defining Disaster Resilience
  • Oil Train Safety and Emergency Response Planning
  • Public-Private Partnerships on Resilience
  • Technologies Impacting Disaster Resilience
The Symposium is being organized with the help of both public and private partners from various local, state, and national agencies and organizations. Sessions will include presentations and speaker panels, which will drive tabletop discussions. Registration will include eight plenary sessions, separate continental breakfast, and full keynote lunches and receptions with the larger PNWER Summit attendees.


Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.