Dear Colleagues,

It is my honor to invite you to the 5th International Conference on Preparedness & Response to Emergency & Disasters (IPRED), to be held from 14 to 17 January 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In recent years, we have witnessed terrorist incidents in the heart of peaceful cities that have not known this reality in the past; vehicle-rammings, stabbings, shootings and explosive devices. Terrorist attacks carried out by emissaries of international terrorist organizations are intended to kill and injure as many innocent civilians as possible in order to sow panic, insecurity, and physical and psychological damage.

Effectively dealing with urban terrorism necessitates preparation and training of rescue forces, cooperation between civilian and military rescue forces, international collaborations, and being amply prepared to deal with the intensification of the types of threats that have to be faced – including non-conventional terrorist threats. Moreover, cyber terrorism has also emerged as a real threat to national and medical infrastructures, requiring national and international intervention to stop it in its tracks.

Ongoing violent conflicts in many countries have lead international states and organizations to be faced with a multitude of complex challenges such as civilian populations living in war zones who are exposed to death and injury, shortages of resources, hunger and disease and who, as a result, are dependent on ongoing assistance; Conflict zones filled with millions of refugees living in refugee camps who are dependent on the kindness of states and organizations; Massive waves of immigration and the need for mass absorption of immigrants. These challenges require cooperation between countries and organizations, mutual learning and discussion.

At the same time as these man-made events become increasingly commonplace, nature continues to hit by way of earthquakes, floods and deadly storms that leave thousands of people without shelter and supportive infrastructures and exposed to hunger and disease. In addition, domesticated and wild animals find themselves abandoned, untreated and unable to have their basic needs met. It is crucial that we continue to learn from organizations who have vast experience with preparing for and coping with disaster events in order to improve the response given to disaster areas.

Advance preparation by rescue organizations through cooperation, ongoing study and academic research, is key when dealing with emergency events and disasters.

Following the tradition of the previous successful conferences, we believe that IPRED V is an opportunity for experts from international organizations, national military and civilian organizations, academic institutions and research institutions to meet and discuss various issues and, in so doing, to contribute to the development of knowledge in the area of emergency preparedness and response.

We look forward to your participation in the conference.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Erez Onn
Director General
The Baruch Padeh Medical Center, Poriya

Chairman – IPRED V Scientific Committee