News and Updates

Information and updates from the international crisis management space, including our podcasts, CCEM publications, webinars, and more. 

Welcome to the Monthly Update of CCEM

Jul 31, 2022

In this edition:

  • Crisis. Conflict. Emergency Management Podcast
  • What We're Reading
  • International Opportunities
  • CMDR Course – New Iteration starts the 29th of August!
  • Education and Training Opportunities: Security Risk Management Essentials Certificate
  • Organizational Profile – International Medical Corps

CCEM Podcast on Food Security and Instability  with Prof. William Chen

In this month's episode, we are joined by Prof. William Chen to discuss food security and its impact on our communities. Prof. Chen’s food tech innovations and opinions on food security have been featured in Nature and The World Economic Forum, and extensively covered by local and international media. The ‘Going Green’ program by CNN in 2019 described Professor Chen as a Game-Changing Leader in the green revolution of the food system. He is an advisor/consultant to government agencies, The World Health Organization, The Asian Development Bank, The Good Food Institute APAC, food industry, and overseas universities on matters related to food technology and food security. The CCEM Podcast is brought to you by Capacity Building International (CBI) and sponsored by The International Emergency Management Society (TIEMS) and can be found on Apple Podcast, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

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What We're Reading

With each passing year, the number and severity of extreme weather events and natural disasters are steadily rising. These ominous observations are a stark warning for state and local government leaders. It is only a matter of time before the next severe weather event strikes. And the price of being unprepared is rising. In the last five years, extreme weather has cost the United States nearly $750 billion. For many cities, the systems and processes put in place decades ago to mitigate and manage disaster impacts are no longer enough. Although the timing and impacts can be unpredictable, there are new measures cities of all sizes can put in place to build a more proactive and resilient community. No City is Immune to Extreme Weather 

The resilience of global supply chains in manufacturing has been under scrutiny following COVID-19 and geopolitical shocks. Global supply chains are robust or resilient when they can sustain economic shocks and continue producing an unchanged level of output. The operational and locational dimensions of resilience need to be appreciated amid calls for the ‘reshoring’ of production, which shortens supply chains by bringing them home to reverse the ‘export of jobs’.  Supply chains are more resilient than they appear

In mid-June, massive floods swept through Montana. Many of the people whose homes flooded didn’t have flood insurance, largely because they didn’t think they needed it. But with climate change, that map is shifting. Despite the scale of the damage and its unprecedented nature, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency said that people need to “take responsibility for their own disaster recovery,” and that FEMA would not be able to make them whole. Can FEMA Survive Climate Change?

Australia’s summer of bushfires is hitting our tourism industry to the tune of billions of dollars; future planning must integrate tourism and disaster resilience. Disasters, Planning And Australian Tourism

Increased demand for water will be the No. 1 threat to food security in the next 20 years, followed closely by heat waves, droughts, income inequality and political instability, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder-led study which calls for increased collaboration to build a more resilient global food supply. Amid Climate Change And Conflict, More Resilient Food Systems A Must, Report Shows

International Opportunities

NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course (CMDR) - Now OPEN for Enrollment!

While the world has been focused on the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine, and the international community's response to the conflict. NATO has been in the news extensively over the last few months. Have you ever wondered what the process is for NATO to respond to a crisis? Did you know that NATO is responding globally to conflict, disaster, and humanitarian relief operations and support, including even during the pandemic?

Join us for our next NATO Crisis Management and Disaster Response Course (CMDR), starting on August 29th! Learn how NATO responds globally during crisis response operations, and earn your official NATO certificate online in just 6 weeks.

The Crisis Management and Disaster Response (CMDR) Course developed by Capacity Building International - and in partnership with the NATO CMDR COE - prepares professionals for crisis and disaster scenarios by aligning with NATO core concepts to offer a unique learning opportunity based on the alliance’s own training program. The program is a cohort-based course, asynchronous, and 100% online, with built-in interactive sessions, and even a tabletop exercise!

Enroll today and join us in the next course starting at the end of August!

Education and Training

Security Risk Management Essentials Certificate

In this 3-hour assessment-based certificate program, you will learn how to implement security risk management processes, roles, and procedures that are critical to aid and development organizations. Based on global security best practices, this program enables you to better analyze the context you are working in, assess security risks, develop security strategies and contingency plans, and manage incidents to safely deliver programs to people and communities affected by a crisis.

Co-developed with Global Interagency Security Forum (GISF) and Insecurity Insight, this certificate program is designed for anyone working with security risk management responsibilities in an aid and development organization including non-security staff, program managers, field staff, human resources, and logistics staff, and senior management teams working and setting up programs in new contexts, emergencies, or insecure settings.

This certificate program is the first step to learning the essentials of security risk management. To advance your skills, get certified by completing INSSA’s Security Risk Management Professional Certification  at no cost.

Organizational Profile
International Medical Corps

A preeminent first responder, International Medical Corps provides emergency relief to those struck by conflict, disaster and disease—no matter where they are, no matter what the conditions—working with them to recover, rebuild and gain the skills and tools required for self-reliance. After the emergency has passed and our disaster-relief effort has ended, we shift from emergency medical response to long-term medical support and training. We provide resources and training to help local staff provide a range of services—including healthcare, food, water and sanitation support—to their communities.

Read more on the official website.

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