• Mami Mizutori
    Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR
  • Armin Schuster
    Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance
  • Dr. Bärbel Kofler
    Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance
  • Christian Reuter
    Secretary General
    German Red Cross
  • Dr. Irene Mihalic
    Domestic Policy Spokesperson
    Bündnis 90/Die Grünen
  • Mario Dobovisek
    Editor and Presenter
25.10.2021 // 2:30 pm

Urban Preparedness for Emergency Response: Mass Casualty Incident Preparedness & Management at City level from different perspectives (English))

How can emergency services prepare for incidents such as the 2015 Paris terror attacks or the 2020 Beirut port explosion?

This interactive workshop for practitioners explores approaches based on real-life examples and theoretical frameworks to prepare to and responding to complex large-scale mass casualty incidents in an urban context.

Cities are complex by itself. A mass casualty incident in a city becomes the worst-case scenario of problem-solving emergency management for all actors involved. Problem solving of complex emergency management doesn’t start while managing the emergency – it starts with effective preparedness for response at all levels and in collaborative manner in a city.
But is it really possible to prepare for the worst-case scenario of a mass casualty incident in a city?

In this interactive workshop, our panelists will try to find an answer to this questions by examining – both – theoretical frameworks and real life examples from preparing and responding to large scale and complex disasters and crisis in cities in recent years.
While the Dr. Razzak from Weill Cornell Medicine College is presenting the CAMERA tool (city’s assessment for mass casualty emergency response developed with support of the ICRC), Dr. Amine Eddine from Lebanese Red Cross and Philippe Testa from French Red Cross will share their experiences and lessons from crisis preparedness and management of incidents in Beirut and Paris.

Dr. Junaid Razzak
Vice Chair of Research at the Department of Emergency Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College
 Dr. Razzak is the Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Razzak has extensive experience of working in emergency, trauma and disaster research.

Before joining Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Razzak served as Director of the Center for Global Emergency Care at Johns Hopkins University as well as Professor of Emergency Medicine.

In addition, Dr. Razzak spent ten years in Pakistan as the Professor and Founding Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine, Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Emergency Medicine and Trauma in Pakistan. Dr. Razzak led the development of Pakistan’s first advanced life support ambulance service, a Telehealth program and an innovative community health program.

Dr. Razzak is PI on the Fogarty International Collaborative Injury and Trauma Research Training Program (ICTIRT) (D43) and has ongoing NIH funded projects on management of hypertension in the emergency department.

He recently finished a project on developing a tool to measure urban preparedness across three countries (CAMERA tool in cooperation with ICRC).

Dr. Razzak has received numerous awards including Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award by the Global Emergency Medicine Academy and Award for Outstanding Contribution by the American College of Emergency Physicians and has published over 130 peer- reviewed manuscripts.

Dr. Razzak did his MBBS from Aga Khan University, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine from Yale University and Ph.D. in Public Health from Karolinska Institute.” 
Isabelle Falzone
GRC Thematic Focal Point (DRR, Urban) in MENA
German Red Cross
‘Isabelle Falzone has fulfilled roles in the GRC HQ and as a German Red Cross Programme Delegate in Togo, Yemen, Lebanon since 2011. Currently, she is the GRC Thematic Focal Point (Urban, DRR, FbF) based in Beirut, Lebanon for the MENA region.’
Dr. Shawky Amine Eddine
Director of Learning and development / Assistant EMS director for training and Quality / COVID19 Response Coordinator
Lebanese Red Cross
Dr. Shawky Amine Eddine, is a medical doctor with special interest in pre-hospital care, Healthcare quality management and disaster management. He has served as an EMT in the Lebanese Red Cross since 2007 and as Head of Station for the LRC EMS Station in
Damour. Currently, he is fulfilling the roles of the LRC Director for Learning and Development, Assistant EMS Director for Training and Quality and COVID-19 Response Coordinator. He had multiple academic contributions to the subject of Pre-Hospital Care including the development of LRC EMS Clinical Guidelines, First Responder and EMT curricula, EMS standards and is the lead author for the LRC EMT book: Emergency Medical Technician: Your Guide to a Better Quality of Care and First Responder Book: Emergency Medical Responder: Your First Step into Prehospital Care. Dr. Amine Eddine has commanded multiple crises including Lebanon Wildfires 2019, Lebanon Floods 2019, Civil Unrests 2019-2020, COVID-19 Outbreak 2020, and the Beirut Port Explosion from the 4th of August 2020.
He has led the Real Time Evaluations for the LRC COVID-19 response and the LRC Beirut Port Explosion response. Dr. Amine Eddine is also a Disaster Management Instructor within the Humanitarian Leadership Diploma, offered by Global Health Institute at American University Beirut, an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Nursing of the Lebanese Red Cross and a consultant for multiple local, regional and global NGOs.

Philippe Testa
Head of the Health and Disaster Risk Reduction Department
French Red Cross
Philippe holds a master degree in Organizational Change Management, a diploma in Management of Health, a diploma in Nursing and a training in Institutional Financial Management. He has fulfilled roles as Head of the First Aid Department at the French Red Cross and Head of Training at the Ile de France regional Health and Social Training Institute.
Thomas Smarczyk
Manager Urban pilot projects and Methodologies
German Red Cross
‘Thomas Smarczyk is working for the GRC International Division since 2018 with a focus on experiences of humanitarian practitioners with regards to topics such as urban preparedness and response. Thomas holds a Master’s degree in humanitarian action.’
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