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The Emergency Planning Society has launched a series of webinars – Community and City Resilience and COVID-19 for professionals working in the sector.

This series of sharing webinars and interactive discussions are aimed at those working in, or with an interest in, resilience, emergency management, crisis management, community and city resilience.

The first of the series, “The Foundations of Community Resilience” will be led by Professor Donald Kettl, the Sid Richardson Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin.

Professor Kettl is the winner of three lifetime achievement awards and the author and editor of numerous books including The Divided States of America: Why Federalism Doesn’t Work (2020); The Politics of the Administrative Process (8th edition, 2020) and Can Governments Earn Our Trust? (2017) and The Worst is Yet to Come – Lessons from September 11th and Hurricane Katrina.

Professor Kettl said: “In recent months, governments around the world have been rocked by a series of policy tsunamis, from the crisis launched by COVID-19 to the one posed by deep-seated racism.

“Governments have struggled to tackle these problems, but in such widely varying challenges there are common truths. All issues are local, because they emerge first as local problems. Tackling these problems often requires national leadership, but effective solutions can only come with local action.

“For the local actions to be effective, they need to build on trust and trust, in turn, depends on the interactions of citizens with government officials—and the confidence of citizens that government officials know what they are doing and that they will act effectively and fairly. All local problems—and all local responses—are linked. And the steps forward depend on building local trust.”

EPS Chair Jacqui Semple added: “In this first webinar of the series, Professor Kettl will explore the core of these problems — and the steps that local officials can take in building strong and resilient communities, both to tackle these issues and to be even better prepared for the ones that lie ahead. It is sure to be an extremely interesting event and we hope as many resilience professionals as possible can join us.

“We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting this series of webinars, of which this is the first. We know everyone working in the resilience profession will find them a useful learning experience.”

The event is free of charge and will be held on July 1st at 2pm. To book your place, please email admin@the-eps.org

The EPS is the UK’s leading professional body for those working in resilience and emergency planning.