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TitleYour risk assessment safety net
AuthorStruik, L C
SourceCanadian Risk and Hazards Network 9th Annual Symposium abstracts; 2012 p. 46
Alt SeriesEarth Sciences Sector, Contribution Series 20120432
Meeting9th Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium; Vancouver; CA; October 24-26, 2012
Subjectsengineering geology; Health and Safety; land use; health hazards; earthquakes; seismic risk; earthquake risk
ProgramPublic Safety Geoscience Quantitative risk assessment
AbstractThe presentation shares the benefits, social structure and mechanics of support groups in helping to deal with the complexities of understanding and managing hazard risk. Within the theme of the 9th Annual CRHNet Symposium (lifeline connections) it examines support groups (user groups) as one element of networking (social networks) that help you mitigate, prepare, and respond to disasters. It uses examples from active hazard and risk assessment and Hazus user groups. Support groups provide a lifeline in times of uncertainty and stress, whether that be caused by knowledge gaps, complex situations or threats. They can create multi-sectoral and multi- disciplinary partnerships for mutual benefit, including forming and executing projects. Support groups have key properties distinct from operational networks. They are flexible and fluid and can adapt to the concerns and opportunities of the day. They are the home of practical best practice. They rely on facilitative leadership of a community of practice and shared experiences. They require give and take. Support groups have terms of reference that define the boundaries of their specialty and ways of sharing ideas and work; live or virtually. The social media of Web 2.0 provides many ways to interact quickly both locally and globally, making it easier to participate in user groups and gain access to the experiences of others in similar situations. The complex toolkit of risk assessment is in increased demand to support decisions that manage risk and increase resilience. User groups are your lifeline, your safety net, for putting you at the forefront of making those decisions.
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Presentation on how being part of a user group dealing with risk assessment can help you become comfortable with doing risk assessment.

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