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Risk Management & Natural Disasters

June 2016

This CISAF meeting included a guest speaker from the Observatoire canadien sur les crises et l'aide humanitaire at Université du Québec à Montréal


Getting the Basics in Place: An Intro to NGO Safety and Security Management Structures

March 2016


Managing Communications During Critical Incidents

May 2015

This workshop provided participants with a greater understanding of the psychological needs that people have in the midst of crises and how these needs can inform communications; an increased knowledge of key principles of crisis and risk communications; and greater comfort in applying these principles in different kinds of crises



Medevacs from Ebola-affected Countries-Conference Call


Canadian Humanitarian Conference: December 2014

CISAF moderated a panel discussion entitled "The Cost of Security" at the second annual Canadian Humanitarian Conference, held in Ottawa from December 4-5th 2014. The purpose of our panel was to raise awareness about the cost of security vs the cost of insecurity, highlighting the positive and negative impacts that each can have on our organizations. The overall argument, which each panellist contributed to from his/her own area of expertise, was that security risk management must be prioritized before a critical incident hits, and that this prioritization serves as a crucial way by which we can strengthen our programming potential with affected populations, decreasing costs in the long run.

We are grateful to our panellists from The KonTerra Group, DFATD, MSF and the Canadian Red Cross.


DFATD Table Top Simulation

September 2014

Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s (DFATD’s) Consular Outreach and Partnerships Program and Emergency Management Bureau, and CISAF hosted a table top exercise whereby a number of different critical incidents were discussed. DFATD shared how they would be able to provide support a number of different critical incidents, and participants left with a better understanding of when NGOs can rely on consular services, and when they cannot rely on consular services, which in turn helps to strengthen internal organizational procedures for dealing with critical incidents.


Family Liaison Workshop

May 2014

The Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Interagency Security Advisory Forum (CISAF) co-hosted a workshop on family liaison support during critical incidents, with a specific focus on kidnapping.  The workshop was facilitated by Sue Williams, from Hostage UK, who talked about best practices in supporting family members of staff who have been kidnapped, both during and after the incident.

Canadian diplomat Robert Fowler started off the day by talking about his experience being held hostage by AQIM.


Psychological First Aid and Psychosocial Crisis Response: January 2014

CISAF's first event was a training workshop that centered around supporting overseas staff experiencing  critical incidents. It was held in Ottawa and facilitated by The KonTerra Group. Participants gained practical tools to help colleagues recover from critical incidents, prioritize and meet immediate needs, and increase resilience. We also strengthened our understanding of chronic stress, vicarious trauma and responder resilience to better enable ourselves to care for others.

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