The School of Human Development & Social Services (HDSS) Symposium "Resilience for Disaster Management and Models for Recovery" was successfully held on 17 Jan 2014 at SIM HQ, with delegates from local universities, government ministries, public bodies and NGOs. The symposium keynote was presented by Professor Tan Ngoh Tiong, Dean of HDSS, who drew on a multidimensional, cross-national analytical framework, comparing different preventive strategies, risk reduction measures, planning and service delivery models. The findings highlighted strategies of strengths and capacity building in disaster recovery.
Besides, Prof Tan, Dr Allison Rowlands Director of Disaster Welfare Services of the Australian Government, Dr Huang Yunong from Flinders University and Dr Busapathumrong from Asian University in Thailand, who were the collaborators for the research project, provided video presentations through online conferencing. Finally, local responses were given for the Singapore context, offering a chance of dialogue between academic scholars and local practitioners. LTC Alvin Tan, Commander 3rd CD Division, Singapore Civil Defence Force introduced their Incident Management System; Gerard Han, Assistant Director of People's Association talked about Community Disaster Preparedness; and Azman bin Anuar, Head, Family Support Services of SAF Counselling Center shared his experiences on providing psychological care to tsunami survivors. There were interesting applications drawn for enhancing community resiliency in Singapore through participation, disaster preparedness exercises and community volunteerism.