Crisis Management and Preparedness Conference

The Crisis Management and Preparedness Conference will bring industry experts and relevant stakeholders to address challenges pertaining to Crisis Detection and Suppression, Emergency Response Planning, Role of Social Media, Crowd Management, Evacuation and City Resilience.

The Middle East region has witnessed rapid urbanization, with a large influx of expatriate workforce and growing tourist numbers. Being a hub for major events, large shopping centers, tall skyscrapers and amusement parks, makes it vulnerable to crisis and disaster situations.

These circumstances demand better tools, state of the art technologies and expertise in fire safety, emergency response, crisis management and disaster preparedness.

A line up of regional and global experts is scheduled to address delegates attending the Crisis Management and Preparedness Conference in Dubai, UAE. Scheduled for the 6 – 7 December, 2016, and will bring together the most relevant stake holders to discuss, learn and share ideas on best practices, technologies and policies in crisis management and emergency response.

H.E. Khaled Al Mansouri, International Council – President of the International Association of Emergency Management, will present a keynote session on day one of the event. He will address the audience on preparing crisis plans and developing a suitable model for Middle Eastern countries.

Another session will feature Drew Azzara, Executive Director – Middle East & North Africa, National Fire Protection Association, covering the importance of clear decisions with fire and life safety codes and standards usage.

Presenting a case study on Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, Peter O’Reilly, Chief Fire Officer, Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, UK, will talk about building a resilient community and operational response.

Emergency communications are being transformed to a new level in today’s age of social media. Salem Salmeen Al Nuaimi, Head of Organization Safety & Security Section, National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority, will help the audience understand the implications of social media in emergency situations.

On day two of the event, a focus session on the challenges and Lessons learnt from the tragic MH 360 and MH 17 Malaysian planes incident will be presented by the head of the Malaysia Airlines post-accident office, Crisis Director for MH370 & MH17, Fuad Sharuji.

Other speakers will include Dr. Colonel, Engineer. Hani Al Nabulsi, Director of the Department of Civil Protection, Directorate of Civil Defence Jeddah, Haydn Beynon, Chief Fire Officer, Dubai Airports, Dany Cotton, Director of Safety and Assurance, London Fire Brigade, George Salama, Head of Public Policy – Middle East and North Africa, Twitter and David Dean Jones, Deputy Chief Fire Officer, THOE – The World Islands Project.

These experts will present sessions, case studies and presentations on developing technologies in fire detection and suppression, crowd dynamics and modelling, firefighting in malls, skyscrapers and public areas, public infrastructure, road traffic management and city resilience.

With the presence of these leaders, the Crisis Management and Preparedness Conference aims at a better understanding of the most common risks present in the GCC region and the best ways to both prepare for those risks as well as respond to them.

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