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Special Session: Communities in Emergency Management

Chair: Wendy Schafer, was15@psu.edu
Penn State University
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Co-chair:  John Carroll, jcarroll@ist.psu.edu
Edward M. Frymoyer Professor
Penn State University
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Emergency management activities can be perceived in a number of different ways.  An especially robust viewpoint is that emergency management is a community-based activity.  In this view, all phases of the emergency management cycle, planning, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation, might involve a significant community effort.  Emergency situations, including potential and actual situations, are addressed through a coalescence of ideas, manpower, and physical resources.

Emergencies are known to strike geographic areas and the local first responders are always on the front lines.  These firemen, police officers, hazardous material experts, emergency medical services technicians, and so on belong to the local geographic community and they belong to an emergency management community.  As part of the civic sector, they participate in a local squad, team, company or a district.  They are part of an organization providing fire protection, police services, emergency medicine, etc.  On another level, they work with emergency management coordinators, local schools, transportation centers, and charitable agencies to handle wide-area events.  Working in a multi-agency context, these people come together to form an emergency management community focused on a coordination of efforts.

The purpose of this session is to explore the idea of emergency management as a community activity, discuss the implications for technology design, and reflect on technological innovations that support community-based interactions.  The concept of community is broadly defined and includes geographic communities, single agency communities, multi-agency communities, communities of emergency managers, and online communities.  Submissions are invited that address the community aspects of emergency management work, including but not limited to the following topics:

ï Theoretical perspectives on geographic communities and emergency management
ï Theoretical perspectives on emergency management communities
ï Case studies of community-based practices
ï Technologies that facilitate emergency management communities
ï Organizational designs and activities that foster emergency management communities
ï Communication and collaboration resources for emergency management communities
ï Emergency notification and awareness designs for geographic communities
ï Theoretical perspectives on volunteers and volunteer organizations
ï Case studies of volunteers and volunteer organizations

ISCRAM2006, the Third International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management, will take place in Newark, New Jersey, USA, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology from May 14-17 2006.

Important dates
Early Registration opens December 1, 2005 
Paper Submissions January 12, 2006
Review Notifications March 3, 2006
Final Camera-ready Paper* March 17, 2006
Workshops & Doctoral Colloquium May 14, 2006
Main Conference Program May 15-17, 2006
* Full papers 5,000 words; Research in progress, Practitioner Cases 2,500 words

Key Conference Personnel
General Conference Chair: Bartel Van de Walle 
Program Chair: Murray Turoff
Doctoral Colloquium Chair David Mendonca
ISCRAM Society Representative Benny CarlÈ

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