How prepared is your organisation?

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire,
Co. Dublin

Date: Wednesday 29th November 2017

In recent years the level of terrorist attacks, flooding and fire disasters have significantly increased and Ireland’s emergency response managers have had to up their game in terms of emergency planning and response. This important one day conference will provide a timely forum where all people and organisations involved in emergency preparedness, response and disaster recovery can come together for one day to hear the latest ideas, solutions, while networking with professionals from across the emergency response spectrum.

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate Save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €365.00 + VAT (Normal rate €465.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

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6 Structured CPD Points

This event will be of real interest to all emergency response managers in areas such as, county councils, government departments, semi-state agencies, communication consultants, fire safety experts, flooding and water services solutions, emergency response associations, universities, technology consultants.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm

Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson

Our National Plan & Preparedness

Effective Organisational and chain of command structures for emergency situations

  • Understanding the role of the Office of Emergency Planning.
  • A guide to setting up good command and control structures for managing incidents and disasters.
  • What kind of priorities need to be agreed and when?
  • How to utilise State resources effectively on a national and local level.
  • What are the best strategies to coordinate cross-Government Department and key public agencies response to emergency situations?
  • How can you audit your on-site emergency response?
  • What training is needed to ensure staff competency and the role of simulations/rehearsals?
  • Electronic information management – The Incident Control Room system

Terrorist Attacks & Our Emergency Response

  • How prepared are we for a potential attack
  • How likely is Ireland to be targeted?
  • Has our national emergency response guidance changed to incorporate terrorist attacks?
  • What essentials must you have in place?

The Elements & Typical Emergency Situations

Weather forecasts and Warnings –  Support for Impact based decision making

  • Impact based Forecasting and decision making – moving from what the weather will be to what the weather will do. 
  • Challenges and requirements for Met Eireann (and it’s service users) to move to Impact based forecasting and decision making. 

Speakers: Gerry Murphy, Meteorologist and Weather forecaster with Met Éireann

An effective national response to fire, snow, drought and flooding emergencies

The Protection of Critical Infrastructure for Extreme Weather events and Natural Disasters

Speaker: Prof. William Hynes, Future Analytics

  • The effects of extreme weather events on Critical Infrastructure (CI)
  • Is our current CI resilient enough – what needs to change
  • What are considered Man-Man and Natural Disasters
  • How to protect our CI against the effects of these disasters
  • European Case Study of extreme weather events – the effects of these disasters and how they managed these events
  • Key recommendations for the management and operation of CI

Airport Security – Critical Incident Readiness in the Contemporary Threat Environment
Speaker: Mick Delaney, Deputy Head of Operational Security & Airport Police, Cork Airport

  • Overview of the contemporary threat environment – specifically as it relates to aviation
  • A review of the layered security measures we have in place at airports to maintain readiness for critical security incidents

Management & Planning for Emergency situations

Risk management, Forecasting & Insurance Issues
Speaker: Sean Coleman, Coleman Risk Management

  • How can risk management assessment help you achieve better and more effective emergency planning?

Insurance issues

  • Who is liable in most of the common emergency situation areas and who pays?
  • Impact of recent flood events on policyholders and insurers.

Handling the media and getting the message across: an effective communications plan is vital
Speaker: Eddie Shaw, Carr Communications

  • Be prepared – a guide to an effective communications plan.
  • What are the most effective media tools to get essential messages to key groups
  • How to balance the need for “real-time” information with measured information dissemination so as not to cause panic or confusion.
  • Case studies: where communications played a vital role in real emergency situations.

In the court of public opinion….preparing for and recovering from a crisis
Speaker: Alan Tyrrell, Managing Director, Teneo PSG, the Irish arm of global CEO advisory firm Teneo

  • Prediction phase: How to identify where a crisis will emerge in your organisation.
  • Great expectations: We will share bespoke Irish research on consumer expectations about how organisations should respond to a crisis including:
    – what do consumers expect you to do and say;
    – what is the role of the organisation leadership team;
    – manging your internal / employee communication;
    – where do consumers seek information from and who do they trust;
    – what do CEOs think they should do in a crisis
  • Manage the MESS: When it hits the fan there is a clear cycle to reporting on the incident and its management. Knowing about the MESS cycle can help in response.
  • Recovery position: Many organisations plan for the crisis but not the recovery; What you need to consider for your recovery plan and sharing details of impact on organisation value and typical duration of the crisis.

Effective procurement strategies for emergency response managers

  • Elements and factors (eg timeline for procurement, funding, budget) that need to be taken into consideration.
  • Planning for the most effective procurement systems – forging strong links with suppliers, health and safety considerations when it comes to new materials, technology and regulations. 
  • Taking a corporate approach to managing procurement issues with the emphasis on examining whole-life costs and the setting of longer term objectives to secure overall best value – best practice.

Gerry MurphyGerry Murphy

Meteorologist and Weather forecster with Met Éireann

Gerry Murphy MSc is a Physics graduate of University College Dublin and is an experienced Meteorologist with Met Eireann, the Irish National Meteorological Service.

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He has worked as a weather forecaster since 2001. His roles include producing forecasts and warnings of severe weather events, interacting with emergency services and other customers, communicating forecasts and warnings on RTE Television and radio.

He also worked as Met Eireann’s Agricultural meteorologist from 1999 to 2001 and played an active role in dealing with the Foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.

Mick Delaney,Mick Delaney

Deputy Head of Operational Security & Airport Police, Cork Airport

Mick began his career in aviation with the Irish Air Corps in 1991 at Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel.

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He served with the Defence Forces for 12 years including overseas service in the Balkans and Africa.

In 2004 he joined daa (then Aer Rianta) as an Airport Police Officer/Fire Fighter. He went on to serve as an Airport Police Sergeant before taking up his current role in 2014. As Deputy Head of Operational Security & Airport Police he works alongside the head of the department to ensure the provision of a compliant, efficient and cost effective aviation security service for Cork Airport.

He is an International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) National Aviation Security Inspector and have worked with Airports Council International on the APEX programme in South East Asia and Africa. APEX is a multi-faceted programme designed to assist airports improve security through peer reviews, training and provision of supporting security documentation as well as industry best practices. The programme is conducted in close coordination with ACI and ICAO.

Sean ColemanSean Coleman

Senior Risk Consultant, Coleman Risk Consulting

Sean Coleman is the owner of Coleman Risk consulting.

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Sean has more than 35 years’ experience as a Risk Management Practitioner with experience across a very broad range of organisations and disciplines. He has worked with a number of Insurers and was Risk Consulting Practice Leader for Marsh in Ireland up until 2012. Sean has worked with a diverse range of clients (From Online Gaming to Government Enforcement Agencies) in the implementation of Risk Management systems.

Sean ColemanAlan Tyrrell

Managing Director, Teneo PSG, the Irish arm of global CEO advisory firm Teneo

Alan Tyrrell is Managing Director of Teneo PSGs Strategy division.

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This division comprises the Public Affairs, Issues Management, Health, Technology, and Corporate Reputation areas. Mr. Tyrrell has worked at senior level in-house and in agency.

As well as leading the development of the division, Mr. Tyrrell works with senior client executives across leadership challenges, corporate strategy, issues management, financial calendar reporting, and communications strategy development.

Mr. Tyrrell is Teneo PSGs lead practitioner in Crisis Communications and leads client assignments on transformational change, Board level issues on governance and succession planning, M&A transactions and leadership profiling. Mr. Tyrrell also works on corporate reputation campaigns for clients in the sectors of insurance, food, banking, retail and professional services among other.

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Secure your place at the early bird rate and save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €365.00 + VAT – (Closing Friday 06th October) – Normal rate €465.00 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

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  • 15% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

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