For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas; by mid-century, 70 percent of the world’s more than 9 billion people will live in cities. Enabling those cities to deliver services effectively, efficiently, and sustainably while keeping citizens safe, healthy, prosperous, and well-informed is one of the most important undertakings in this century. Success will require that we understand the physical, environmental, and human dimensions of cities in a synthetic and synoptic manner.
Emergency Planning involves determining, in advance, what will be done in response to specific emergencies including identification and allocation of resources, risk management, mitigation, continuity and recovery. Staff training, using drills, exercises and real events, is an integral part of assuring that the emergency program can be implemented.