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Conference Agenda

The full agenda for UK Resilience 2016 will be announced shortly.
If you believe that you have something to contribute to the day and want to find out more about engaging the delegation, call Daniel Prince on 0161 211 3008 or email [email protected]

December 7, 2016
  • 08:00
    Registration and Networking Breakfast
  • 09:00
    Chair’s Opening Remarks
    Professor Louise Bracken, Executive Director, Institute of Hazard, Risk and Resilience, Durham University (Confirmed)
  • 09:10
    Opening Keynote: Building Local and National Partnerships to Prevent, Respond to and Effectively Address Emergencies
    James Cruddas, Deputy Director, Resilience and Emergencies, Department for Communities and Local Government (Confirmed)
    • The current outlook of resilience and emergency planning in the UK, in line with this year’s Sector Resilience Plans and the government’s £2.3 billion resilience budget
    • The role of DCLG Resilience and Emergencies Division (DCLG RED) in leading collaboration and co-operation efforts between Local Resilience Forums (LRFs)
    • Facilitating engagement between national and local level governmental departments in the event of a civil contingency
    • Learning from the National Cyber Security Programme to raise local authorities’ awareness on cyber security and recovery issues with the increasing adoption of digital technologies
    • Hosting regional “Think Cyber – Think Resilience” local leadership seminars across England
  • 09:30
    Supporting Staff Through an Extreme Event – Meeting the Practical, Psychological and Communications Needs of your Team
    Tony Thompson, Chair, Emergency Planning Society (Confirmed)
    • Delivering effective training scenarios to ensure staff are comfortable with their role during an emergency
    • Driving staff motivation during an extreme event by providing leadership and a focus for emergency preparedness
    • Highlighting the main concerns and likely behavioural responses of both emergency service workers and civilians during an extreme event
    • Learning to spot the signs of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which affects up to 32% of emergency workers in the UK and causes significant financial burden to health services
  • 09:45
    Presenting and Evaluating Exercise Unified Response
    Peter Cowup, Exercise Director, Exercise Unified Response, London Fire Brigade (Confirmed)
    • Assessing findings from the recent Exercise Unified Response (EUR)
    • Improving preparedness to deal with large-scale emergencies through simulation training exercises
    • Spearheading partnership efforts with specialised teams from across the UK, Hungary, Italy and Cyprus during EUR to host the largest emergency simulation event in Europe to date
  • 10:10
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 10:15
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 11:00
    Harnessing Communication Technologies to Improve National Preparedness and Response
    Dr Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient ICT Strategy, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office (Confirmed)
    • Implementing contingency plans during a civil contingency in line with the National Emergency Alert for Telecomms (NEAT)
    • Replacing the current TETRA Airwave system with a pioneering Emergency Services Network (ESN) by July 2017, and looking to a more robust digital future with 5G high-grade network trials
    • Establishing a greater situational awareness and allowing faster decision making through social media analytics – including the usefulness of mass smartphone alerts to whole populations during a civil emergency
    • Understanding the risk to telecommunications during a crisis and engaging with the government via the Electronic Communications Resilience and Response Group (EC-RRG)
  • 11:15
    Improving London Preparedness to Respond to Terror
    Lord Toby Harris of Haringey, Author, Independent Review of London's Preparedness to Respond to a Major Terrorist Incident (Confirmed)
    • Examining the findings of Lord Harris' review on London's current strategies to prepare and respond to terror incidents
  • 11:35
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 11:45
    Panel Discussion: Overcoming Logistical Challenges to Host Multi-Agency Training Exercises Across the UK
    Luana Avagliano, Head of Resilience Direct, Cabinet Office (Confirmed)
    Peter Cowup, Exercise Director, Exercise Unified Response, London Fire Brigade (Confirmed)
    Simon Lewis, Head of Emergency Planning, British Red Cross (Confirmed)
    Tony Thompson, Chair, Emergency Planning Society (Confirmed)
    • Showcasing successful operations - including Exercise Unified Response (EUR) held at Littlebrook Power Station in February, which benefited from £770,000 EU funding
      • Transferring skills gained from simulating a significant building collapse and large-scale travel accident to other civil contingency scenarios
    • Ensuring successful strategies for knowledge distribution and shared situational awareness during a major incident, including use of the Resilience Gateway and mass communications to nearby populations
    • Creating as realistic a scenario as possible, to guarantee best results, with the provision of training aids such as adequate clothing and equipment
    • Effectively unlocking the potential of the voluntary sector in assisting civil contingencies and training exercises, including the 2,000 volunteers involved in EUR
  • 12:15
    Seminar Session 1

    Please see all available seminars here

  • 13:15
    Lunch and Networking
  • 14:15
    Seminar Session 2

    Please see all available seminars here

  • 15:15
    Refreshments, Networking and Exhibition
  • 15:45
    Afternoon Keynote: Recovery and Preparation for the Next Event
    Caroline Douglass, Director of Incident Management and Resilience, Environment Agency (Confirmed)

    • Driving recovery from Storms Eva and Desmond and strengthening flood defences over the next six years with the government’s investment of £2.3bn, including £400m in Yorkshire and £43m in Cumbria - an update on progress and effort
    • Working in collaboration with local authorities, the Environment Agency, Defra, DECC and DCLG on the National Flood Resilience Review
    • Preparing for the next event – being Major Incident Ready, including major incident plans and working with key partners such as the Met Office to assess flood risk
    • Effectively implementing a forward programme to better protect people and the 5.2 million properties at risk of flooding, with government spending of £2.5 billion by 2021
    • Providing a multi-channel flood warning system supporting 1.2 million at risk properties in the UK

  • 16:00
    Ensuring Service Continuity and Avoiding Black Sky Hazards
    Martin Deehan, Operations Director - North, Electricity North West (Confirmed)
    • Reviewing energy providers’ continuity strategies in the face of increasing episodes of extreme weather
    • Effectively implementing disaster recovery plans to rapidly restore power to 55,000 homes in Lancashire and 13,000 in Cumbria within 48 hours in December 2015
    • Highlighting crucial communication efforts between agencies during a power cut, including the NHS
  • 16:15
    Planning for and Responding to Incidents Affecting Health or Patient Care – An NHS Perspective
    James Hebdon, Senior Officer - EPRR, NHS England (Confirmed)
    • Maintaining business continuity for key services when faced with local disruption with the NHS framework for Emergency Preparedness, Resilience and Response (EPRR)
    • Collaborating with Local Health Resilience Partnerships (LHRPs) to facilitate local health sector preparedness and enabling stronger community healthcare resilience with funding for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) of £71.9 billion
    • Planning effectively for lesser known incidents such as chemical contamination and hazardous materials (HAZMAT), including provision of protective clothing for staff
    • Learning from the recent Zika virus epidemic to ensure a robust model is in place for UK preparedness to widespread healthcare emergencies including pandemic influenza
    • Implementing long-term strategic planning for extreme hot or cold weather and ensuring community awareness
    • Proficiently safeguarding the role of the EPRR in spite of a £22 billion efficiency savings target by 2020/21
  • 16:30
    Questions and Answers Session
  • 16:55
    Close of Conference and Drinks Reception

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