Civil Contingencies 2011 Conference Programme


Civil Contingencies 2011 Programme 

08:40 – Registration & Networking
09:20 – Chair’s Opening Remarks
Morning Chair: Jonathan Rush, Editor, Contingency Today/CT Review (Confirmed)
09.25 – Morning Keynote: Delivering efficiencies in Civil Contingency Planning – The challenges ahead
  • • Preparing effective and well-practiced emergency processes for reducing or controlling mitigating circumstances of emergencies
  • • New developments for planned exercises and staff training 
  • • The impact of emergency planning at UK Government level on long-term risk assessments
  • • Harnessing new technologies to maximise efficiencies in Civil Contingency Planning
  • • Identifying the roles of the police, NHS, emergency planning services and local authorities under a generic emergency plan 
  • • Analysing how the Civil Contingencies Act Enhancement Programme will overcome some of the challenges of an emergency

Christina Scott, Director, Civil Contingencies Secretariat, Cabinet Office (Confirmed)
 09:40 – Sponsor Presentation
 09:55 – Building Resilient Communities
  • • The Role of the Community Resilience Steering Group in working with communities and stakeholders
  • • Assessing the progress of the Community Resilience Action Plan
  • • Achieving efficiency and transforming the Civil Contingency sector
  • • Sharing experience and expertise to enhance the Government's contribution to building and enhancing community resilience
  • • The role of emergency notification to alert local communities and businesses in extreme situations
  • • Ensuring business availability services and backup in times of disaster
  • • Providing private sector businesses access to reliable business continuity services
  • • Improving asset investment planning to increase resilience and emergency response
Kathy Settle, Deputy Director, Local Response Capability, Civil Contingencies Secretariat - Chair of the Community Resilience Steering Group (Confirmed)
10:10 – NHS Direct as a best practice example: A First Point of Contact during a crisis
  • • Working closely with the Department of Health, Strategic Health Authorities and BT officials to mobilise and secure the success of the National Pandemic Flu Service
  • • The role of emergency call centres in handling a high level of contact
  • • Identifying lessons learned from the swine flu response
  • • Development of NHS Direct’s integrated online symptom checker and the future use of channels such as web chat and social media forums 
  • • Utilising GIS technologies to effectively deploy resources in emergency situations
  • • Integrating operational arrangements to be flexible enough to respond to local needs and circumstances during emergencies
Ronette Lucraft, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Direct (Confirmed)
10:25 – Case Study: The Cockermouth flood recovery strategy
  • • Working with retailers and other local businesses after the flood to make necessary improvements 
  • • A new leadership and development programme is helping West Cumbria tackle floods aftermath 
  • • Ensuring good communications between the town’s businesses and the multiple agencies and organisations offering support 
  • • Securing help and funding by developing marketing and promotion campaigns for events in the town centre 
  • • Pulling resources together with police, fire and ambulance services and multi-agency coordination for the recovery and regeneration of Cockermouth
Dr Les Tickner, Flood Recovery Coordinator, Allerdale Borough Council (Confirmed)
10:40 – Adapting to the evolving challenges of a flu pandemic
  • • Understanding the lessons of the H1N1 outbreak
  • • Educating the public and your workforce to manage the impact of a new pandemic
  • • Applying best practice for developing an integrated and effective response to an emerging pandemic
  • • Reducing the strategic risks of a pandemic outbreak for your communiuty - What must policy makers now prioritise?
  • • How healthcare analytics and informatics can help plan for and direct resources to deal with pandemics
Professor Jonathan Van-Tam,  Professor of Health Protection, University of Nottingham and ex-Head of the Pandemic Flu response , Health Protection Agency (Confirmed)
10:55 - Morning Closing Keynote: Protection and Resilience of the UK's Utilities and Energy sectors
  • • Latest emergency strategies to secure supply in the event of disasters and cyber threats
  • • Working with the utilities sector to effectively plan and prepare for disasters
  • • Emergency planning for natural disasters under the Civil Contingencies Act
  • • Understanding the National Risk Register's plans for handling a complete outage of electricity supplies
  • • Minimise the impact of an electricity or gas supply emergency by instructing power stations to use alternative fuel sources to generate electricity
  • • Securing and mobilising fieldworkers in times of crisis
  • • The Importance of Power Management & UPS Backup Systems
Michael Rutter, Head of Energy Resilience, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Confirmed)
11.20 – Questions and Answers

11:20 – Morning Coffee Break and Networking
11.50 – Seminar Session I
12:50 – Lunch Break and Networking
13:50 – Seminar Session II
14:50 – Afternoon Coffee Break and Networking
15:20 – Afternoon Opening Keynote: Putting Science at the Heart of Preparations for Civil Emergencies
Professor Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Advisor (Confirmed)
15:40 –  Opening Keynote: Adapting to Climate Change: Building resilience to current and future risks
  • • Role of Flood and Water Management Act 2010 in offering a more comprehensive management of flood risk for people, homes and businesses
  • • Working with communities and businesses around a flood recovery strategy
  • • Greater effort is needed by companies to factor climate risk and opportunities into their business
  • • Defra’s expectations for the forthcoming White Paper, expected in spring 2011, on the natural environment and protecting England’s natural assets and food security 
  • • Supporting a strong and sustainable green economy resilient to climate change
  • • Potential threats - drought, water scarcity , severe storms and flooding 
  • • Defra ‘s role in helping farmers adapt to climate change risks in order to make the food and drink industries more resilient
Sonia Phippard, Director of Water, Floods and Environmental Risk and Regulation, DEFRA (Confirmed)
15:55 – Sponsor Presentation
16:10 – Integrated Command and Control Systems in serious emergency situations
  • • Incident Command System: a unified framework for command and leadership in the UK Fire Service
  • • Extension of leadership and command exercised in the everyday operations of the emergency services
  • • Using Command and Control technologies to deploy resources and increase operational efficiency
  • • The vital role of the command and control centre in achieving successful emergency plan outcomes
  • • Importance of co-operation and information sharing within the local resilience 
  • • Communication strategies to provide public awareness and arrangements to warn, inform and advise the public
Steve Beckley, Deputy Chief Officer, West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service (Confirmed)
16:25 – Business Continuity for Telecommunications and IT
  • • The government’s ‘Strategy for Enhancing the Resilience of Emergency Responders’ Telecommunications’
  • • Remote working – Putting contingency plans in place, guaranteeing they are effective
  • • The questions arising from the extreme weather experienced in February 2009
  • • Is our broadband infrastructure adequately prepared for a sustained and concentrated period of mass social distancing?
  • • Using mobile telecommunication devices to improve resilience planning
  • • Preparing for the structural readjustment of a migrated workforce
  • • Data security during a pandemic situation – Is security possible?
  • • Widening communication beyond technical means
  • • Implementing a disaster recovery plan for IT

Dr Nigel Brown, Lead for Resilient Telecommunications, Cabinet Office (Confirmed)

16:40 – Interoperable systems to manage multi-partnership responses
  • • Update on how Civil Contingency Act Category 1 and 2 responders are working through collaboration on communications interoperability
  • • Breaking barriers to silo working and challenges of information sharing between different agencies
  • • Providing police forces with a framework for responding to an emergency or major incident
  • • Assist police officers and police staff in the development of contingency plans and local emergency plans
  • • Providing the Ambulance, Fire and Rescue and Police Services the 'blue light services' working together to coordinate across the command and control structures
  • • Investing in technology capabilities aligned with people and process
  • • Developing the diverse skills necessary for emergency response
  • • The need to invest in interoperable systems to facilitate collaborative working and improve operational performance
Detective Chief Superintendent Michael Hallowes, Head of Strategic Operations and Interoperability, NPIA (tentatively confirmed)
16:55 - Effectively incorporating terrorist threats into your civil contingency planning to counter terrorist actions
  • • Understanding the threat of terrorism and cyber security as key government priorities
  • • Identifying the most likely sources of UK terrorist activity
  • • Designing out terrorist threats in civil planning and protecting crowded places - looking ahead to the 2012 Olympics
  • • Ensuring new strategies to protect critical national infrastructure; Understanding the implications to the new UK National Infrastructure Plan
  • • Creating World Class Cyber Security Defence Systems
  • • The impact of the ‘Strategic Defence and Security Review’ on Civil Contingencies
  • • Preparing for Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear or explosives (CBRNe) threat or incidents.
  • • Incorporating the advancement of CBRN Technologies into your contingency planning
Sara Thornton, Vice Chair, Terrorism & Allied Matters, ACPO (Invited)
17:10 – Panel Discussion: Latest Strategies for Disaster Recovery
  • • Protecting key elements of the transport infrastructure during extreme weather conditions and hazards 
  • • Improving winter resilience of England’s roads and transport systems by providing the right amount of salt stock
  • • Building greater resilience into Britain’s transport networks by adapting to climate change
  • • Devising environmental civil contingencies in the event of flooding, water pollution and water and food contamination
  • • Dealing with the increased risk of water scarcity, droughts and climate change
  • • New requirements for local authorities in their local flood risk management strategies
  • • Incorporating the Volcanic Ash Contingency Plan into existing emergency strategies 
  • • Joint management for environmental resilience across the regions and services
  • • Understanding the role of the London Resilience Team during the Olympics
  • • Cross communication between emergency services, local authorities and other organisations to release agreed upon information speedily 
  • • Upgrading the role of police command, control and event planning and management systems 
  • • Ensuring that all Olympic emergency plans are integrated with other functional areas as well as wider Government emergency plans
  • • Increasing public and personnel safety through improved multi-agency communication and co-ordination
Speaker invitation extended to:
Hilary Aldridge, National Head of Incident Management, Environment Agency (Confirmed) 
David Evans, Project Director - London 2012, British Security Industry Alliance (Confirmed)
Matthew Lugg, Director of Environment and Transport, Leicestershire County Council (Confirmed)
17.35 - Close of Conference