Comprehensive Disaster Response: Much more than short-term humanitarian relief

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Meghan Smithgall
HHS Center


Summary Sentence: Abrar Ismail and Todd Shea, professionals in the disaster response field in Pakistan, lead a presentation and lively discussion about emergency disaster response and long-term disaster rehabilitation and reconstruction.

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Join us for an interactive discussion about recent experience and career prospects in Emergency Disaster Response, Long-term Disaster Rehabilitation and Reconstruction, Humanitarian Aid, and International Development with disaster logistics and rehabilitation experts Abrar Ismail and Todd Shea ( This event is hosted by the Georgia Tech Center for Health & Humanitarian Systems (HHS) with the Pakistani Student Association (PSA).

WHEN: Friday, November 14, 11AM
WHERE: Executive Classroom, Main ISyE Bldg (see bldg 57 on map, across Ferst Street from Campus Rec Center)
Stewart School of Systems & Industrial Engineering (ISyE)

*Parking is available in the W3 Visitor’s lot just next to the Main ISyE Building just to the south of Groseclose on Ferst Drive.

Abrar Ismail is the Director of Projects and the Earthquake Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Authority of Pakistan and is an accomplished disaster manager. He started his career in the Pakistan Army as a lieutenant in the corps of Infantry and his disaster management career also started during the same time. Abrar holds an MPhil in Development Studies from Pakistan and is a graduate from Asia Pacific Center for Security studies in Hawaii. He has earned certificates in disaster and emergency management from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, GA Tech, Kobe University Japan and METU,Turkey. Due to his meritorious services and devotion to serving Humanity, Abrar was presented with one of Pakistan's highest honors, The Medal of Honor (Tamgha-I-Imtiaz) in 2013.

Todd Shea is the founder of Comprehensive Disaster Response Services (CDRS). Todd and his team at CDRS are currently deploying two emergency response missions to mobile medical teams to support the basic healthcare needs of families who have been forced to flee their homes due to floods in Punjab and due to the war between the Pakistan Army and The Taliban in North Waziristan. Todd has received many honors and commendations for his relief work, including The Medal of Sacrifice from Pakistan and The Humanitarian Effort of the Year award for 2014 by the Pakistan Achievement Awards for The UK and Europe.

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Center for Health and Humanitarian Systems (CHHS)

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Career/Professional development, Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
comprehensive, disaster response, emergency, Global, health, Humanitarian, Logistics, pakistan, pakistani student association
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  • Created On: Nov 10, 2014 - 10:41am
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