GDPC Annual Event 2012


Global Disaster Preparednes Center Launch

The American Red Cross, together with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, is pleased to launch the Global Disaster Preparedness Center—a resource hub on disaster preparedness for the entire global Red Cross network that will support learning and knowledge sharing for disaster preparedness practitioners worldwide.

 The Center will launch a host of new services and initiatives in the coming year, including an interactive website to foster exchange of best practices and useful tools in disaster preparedness, a research program to build the evidence base for disaster preparedness, and venue to provide virtual technical assistance. 



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David Meltzer, Senior Vice President of International Services

American Red Cross

Jaslin Salmon, Vice President for the Americas

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies  



Introduction to the Center & Participant Feedback

Rebecca Scheurer, Director

Global Disaster Preparedness Center / American Red Cross 


Perspectives on Preparedness:  Building a Foundation for Resilience     


Trevor Riggen, Vice President, Disaster Operations

American Red Cross


Nancy Kete, Managing Director of Resilience

Rockefeller Foundation

Walter Cotte, Secretary General

Colombian Red Cross

Amod Dixit, General Secretary

National Society for Earthquake Technology (Nepal)

Jo da Silva, Director of International Development




Disaster Preparedness Game employing creative adult-learning methodology

Pablo Suarez, Associate Director for Research and Innovation

Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre     



Rebecca Scheurer, Director

Global Disaster Preparedness Center / American Red Cross



Please join us for lunch, during which the InterAction Disaster Risk Reduction Working Group, alongside the Emergency Building Capacity Project, will soft launch Toward Resilience: A Guide to Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. 

Also note on Saturday October 13, the GDPC will host an Iconathon with the Noun Project from 10am – 3pm at the same location.  All are welcome to brainstorm and design new open-source icons for disaster preparedness. 


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