A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: Thursday 30th May 2019

Ireland in recent years has seen an increase in dramatic weather events; Hurricane Ophelia, Storm Emma and the resulting effects. The demands of Ireland’s emergency response managers are ever changing. It requires them to have an exceptionally high standard of preparedness for any eventuality, either man made or by natures hand.

Their planning and response to events are vital to ensure the best possible outcome for any emergency event.

This conference is a must attend for all emergency response managers or those responsible in cases of emergencies big or small. There will be an expert line up of speakers discussing recent events and anticipated events and how we can improve our response going forward.

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This event will be of significant 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 service solutions, emergency response associations, universities, technology consultants.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Johnny Fallon, Account Director, Carr Communications

National Response to Fire, Snow, Drought and Flooding Emergencies

  • What has been learned from the response to recent weather events?
  • How to utilise state resources effectively on a national and local level
  • What training is needed to ensure staff competency?

Met Eireann

  • Plans to launch a Warnings Alert system for the general public discussed in detail
  • Warnings for Coastal Waters, Coastal regions and Northern Ireland
  • Some slight revisions explored in the warnings criteria.

Speaker: Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting, Met Eireann

Are recent unusual weather events in Ireland a harbinger of things to come?

  • Is our countries infrastructure resilient enough to withstand these events?
  • A Review of recent unusual weather events such as Hurricane Ophelia, Storm Emma and the drought and heatwave of summer 2018 examined
  • Past weather records, which now stretch back over 300 years, and model projections of future extremes.
  • How can we improve our resilience on the basis of past extremes and will it help protect us against any future increase in extremes?

Speaker: Ray Bates, Meteorology and Climate Centre, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UCD

Traffic and Road Emergencies

  • AA Roadwatch – sources of info, research of traffic incidents, protocols
  • How traffic has evolved over the years – what areas are worse/better, how Ireland has changed with new infrastructure
  • How we handle and communicate major incidents on our roads eg Storm Emma, Storm Ophelia
  • How is AA Roadwatch part of the Government response to weather emergencies
  • Use of social media
  • Our dealings and resolutions with emergency services in traffic situations  
  • Snow/ice/grit management

Speaker: Ruth Jephson, Editor, AA Roadwatch

Emergence of Drones for emergency response

  • What is the drone research project and U-Flyte?
  • Locating missing persons
  • Beyond the line of site tests
  • Swimmers in difficulty

Terrorist Attacks & Our Emergency Response

  • Brexit and the Terror Threat Assessment – new emerging Terror Threat – Dissident Republicans & Organised Crime overtaking Jihadist Threat On context Brexit & Hard Border 
  • 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?

Speaker: Dr. Tom Clonan, Captain (Retired) Security Analyst

Fire Emergency Response

  • Developing and managing emergency national fire response at a national and local level.
  • Identifying potential challenges faced by organisations involved in firefighting, safety and rescue.
  • Establishing effective systems of control and communication in fire emergencies – how much responsibility for this lies with county councils?
  • County Councils must ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of its firefighters – repercussions for councils and fire services when this duty fails.
  • Fire in High rise buildings, do we have the equipment to respond to these emergencies?

Speaker: Brendan Kavanagh, Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist, Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier

Crowd behaviour- fight or flight

  • The psychology of crowd behaviour in an emergency
  • Planning for and training staff for all eventualities
  • Understanding the potential outcomes when involving crowds

Managing the message in a multi-channel world: social, media and communication in a crisis   

  • Be prepared- Developing an effective crisis management communication plan
  • Creating a time line of information before, during and after the incident
  • Leadership in a crisis and who’s running the business while the CEO runs the crisis
  • Social media and the age of disinformation: how to manage social platforms and fake news in an emergency
  • Reaching the right audience through the right medium – online and offline; internal and external
  • The Truth Squad: Ensuring a system that supports the sharing of accurate information and correcting inaccurate information
  • Managing the crisis when things go wrong
  • Case Study

Speaker: Alan Tyrrell, Managing Director, Teneo

Slaindail project Trinity College

  • What is the social media monitoring system?
  • How was it developed?
  • Trials of the software
  • How will this be implemented going forward?

Alan TyrrellAlan 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.

Dr. Tom ClonanDr. Tom Clonan

Retired army officer (Captain) who specialises in terrorism, security and defence issues

Dr. Tom Clonan lectures in the School of Media DIT.

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Dr. Tom Clonan is a retired army officer (Captain) who specialises in terrorism, security and defence issues. Captain Clonan has direct experience of armed conflict in Ireland, the Middle East and former Yugoslavia (Bosnia). He also has extensive experience of Aid to the Civil Power Operations (ATCP Ops – Counter Terrorism Operations) in Ireland. Tom has a special interest in Islamist Extremism and the changing nature of the terror threat within the European Union and Ireland.

Dr. Clonan is also Security Analyst with the Irish Times and the Journal.ie – along with national and international broadcasters, such as RTE, BBC, Sky News, Al Jazeera and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation – where he provides in-depth defence and military analysis of fast-moving international events. Author of two best-selling books, Tom is an insightful speaker with a unique perspective on radicalisation and the contemporary terror threat.

His first book, ‘Blood, Sweat and Tears’, was published in 2012 by Liberties Press. His second book, ‘Whistleblower, Soldier, Spy’ (Liberties Press) was published in 2013.

Johnny Fallon

Johnny Fallon

Senior Account Manager, Carr Communications

Johnny has worked in public affairs and media for almost 20 years and specialises in crisis communications, public affairs and issues-based PR, Johnny has worked with a wide range of clients. He has particular expertise in political communications, stakeholder consultation and media relations.

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At Carr Communications, Johnny provides PR support to a number of key clients. He has worked with some of Ireland’s leading organisations in the public and private sector.

Johnny is also an experienced trainer who has worked closely with several politicians and senior business figures to prepare them for media appearances, and to advise on and develop messaging, writing and campaign material. He has also worked with individuals and organisations appearing before Oireachtas Committees and other public forums. He has worked on a number of strategic branding exercises and assisted companies with their long-term positioning. Previously he worked for A&L Goodbody Consulting. He has significant insight into crisis management and has helped several organisations at key points when faced with difficult situations. He has also been close to several government figures and closely observed crisis management in this sphere.

In 2006 he published the very successful biographical account of life in politics for the ordinary supporter “Party Time: Growing up in politics”. The book has become recommended reading in Academic Institutions such as Maynooth University and has been widely cited in studies of Irish politics since. A regular speaker and conferences and seminars he published a major book on former Irish Taoiseach Brian Cowen, entitled ‘Brian Cowen: In his own words’ in 2009.

In 2011 he published his third book ‘Dynasties: Irish Political Families’ which is a timely exploration of family in Irish politics and some of the key figures and decisions taken by leading politicians over successive generations. He is currently writing another book that is focussed on an examination of Irish governments that collapsed and what led to this. He has written a number of academic papers and regularly writes for national media outlets such as the Irish Independent. He is also a regular contributor to radio and TV and is much sought after as a guest providing analysis and assessment on national issues.

As an active user of social media, he was listed as one of the top 100 policy influencers on Twitter in Ireland and won a RaboTweetie in 2013. He is renowned for his love of County Longford and has two children who think he talks a lot of boring stuff.

Brendan Kavanagh

Brendan Kavanagh

Chartered Fire Safety Practitioner & Fire Scientist, Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier

Practicing Professional Fire Prevention Officer, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Surveyor and Independent Verifier.

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Best Practice Facilitator and Fire Safety Management Specialist Adviser. Preliminary  Examination of  the Institution of  Fire Engineers (12th March 1977) with MCR Graduate Membership  awarded (30th November 2009). Forty  One Years continuous Membership of the Institution of Fire Engineers (1976 – 2017). Membership of the Association of Irish Risk Management (1999) and Elected  Chairman (Term 2001- 2003). Membership of the National Standards Authority of  Ireland Fire  Safety Standards Consultative Committee (1987) and Chairman of Advisory Group 3. Professional Membership Number 106 (5th January 1993) of  The Confederation of Fire Protection Association Europe (CFPA – Europe). Professional  Membership of the Institution of Incorporated Executive Engineers Membership Number A29381(1994). Register of  Safety Practitioners Number 1934 (20th June 1995) and Chartered Membership of the Institution of  Occupational Safety and Health 17th November 2005. Appointed Lecturer Trinity College The University of Dublin Department  of  Civil,Structural and Environmental Engineering (2012 – 2017). January 2015 Appointed Visiting Specialist Lecturer Fire Service Training  College U.K. & N.I. Morton in the Marsh. Accredited Joiff Fire Safety Management (“Responsible Person”) and Fire Safety (“Competent Person”). Fire Safety Management and Hydraulic Fire Engineering Workshop Director and Tutor (2014-2017). Construction Site Fire Safety, Gas Safety activities incorporating Hot Works Permit approval in accordance with Irish & European Standards and World Class Best Practice Techniques (2016-2017).

OSI-Logo-250x85Ordnance Survey Ireland is the national mapping agency in the Republic of Ireland. It is an information organisation whose business is to capture, process and distribute spatial information by means of advanced technology.

Ordnance Survey Ireland’s primary product is mapping services. Ordnance Survey Ireland produces urban, rural and tourist and leisure mapping at a variety of scales. This mapping is produced in digital form as well as on paper. In addition, the base data used to create the map products is also used to produce other products such as aerial photography/ orthophotography and Digital Terrain Models and Environmental Reports. It also has an extensive database of historic mapping data from the 1830’s. Ordnance Survey Ireland licenses the use of its data for a wide range of computer based applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


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