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Session on disaster drills and emerging technologies on disaster management

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Time and place: Wednesday, 3 October 2018, 09:30 – 12:30 and 14:30 – 15:45 (Room H)

This session on disaster drills and emerging technologies on disaster management​ will take place at ITU Headquarters (ITU Montbrillant building, Room H) in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, 3 October 2018, from 09:30 to 12:30 and from 14:30 to 15:45 preceded (on Tuesday, 2 ​October 2018) and followed by the ITU-D Study Group 2 Question 5/2 meeting de​dicated to “Utilizing telecommunications/ICTs for disaster risk reduction and management”.

Background information

Disasters continue to strike every region of the world. In 2018 alone, disasters have hit Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Myanmar, India, Japan, the USA, and in many other countries. Each event can devastate people’s lives and livelihoods, causing large economic losses which affect a national economy’s ability to rebuild and rebound. Disasters can negatively impact societies, disrupting the normal functioning of social and economic life. The combination of hazards, vulnerability and an inability to mitigate the potential negative consequences of risks increases the impacts of disasters for many countries. Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs) play a pivotal role in disaster management. This workshop aims to share experiences and knowledge accumulated over years on effective disaster drills, use of emergency telecommunication systems, and other means to improve preparedness and resiliency with and among ITU-D members. Additionally, information on the availability and usage of emerging technologies in disaster management will be highlighted and shared. The discussions in the workshop sessions will assist in gathering and documenting important information for the preparation of the annual progress report of Study Question Q5/2. The scope of these workshop sessions is focused on the use of ICTs in disaster drills for better preparedness, including (but not limited to):
Expected outcomes in this workshop are lessons learned and best practices on emergency communications drills and exercises, and on the use of emerging technologies for disaster management.

[09:30 - 09:40] Welcome and setting the scene

[09:40 - 11:00] Session 1: Experiences of Disaster Drills by using Emergency Telecommunication Systems

Session 1 will discuss the following points:

[11:15 - 12:30] Session 2: Emerging technologies on disaster management

Session 2 will discuss the following points:

[12:30 - 14:30] Lunch break

[14:30 - 15:30] Session 3: Disaster Management and Drills by using ICTs

Session 3 will discuss the following points:

[15:30 - 15:45] Wrap-up and closing

Useful references

​​ Return to the m​ain ITU-D Study Group 2 page