Emergency planning, response and recovery

The last couple of years have seen unprecedented incidents take place in the UK – the riots, adverse weather conditions, spates of domestic and wild fires – all of which provide a natural wake up call for organisations to update business continuity plans in case of an emergency.

To ensure effective plans can be made to protect the UK from threats, both natural and manmade, communication between the parties who play a critical part in emergency planning and response is vital, however, making the time to facilitate this networking can be hard.

The Emergency Services Show and Conference 2011, promotes multi agency collaboration by bringing together everyone involved in emergency situations. With over 380 exhibitors and approximately 4,000 visitors attending the successful show last year, The Emergency Services Show and Conference 2011 is the key event for anyone involved in emergency planning, response or recovery, both in the UK and abroad.

This year’s show and conference will be taking place on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.Following recent national emergencies, the Emergency Services Show and Conference 2011 is proving more relevant than ever.

Doing more with less
At a time when budgets are being squeezed, this free to attend exhibition provides the perfect opportunity for visitors to research methods of doing more with less. Visitors will be able to speak to exhibitors about how they operate more effectively and efficiently, thereby resulting in the highly desirable outcome of more for less.

David Brown, show organiser, Emergency Services (MMC) Ltd, comments: “In these uncertain times it is more important than ever for all emergency professionals and associated agencies to communicate with one another, this may allow resources to be shared and budgets to be maximised. The Emergency Services Show offers the unique opportunity to meet with specialist equipment and service suppliers from the UK and abroad to facilitate mutually beneficial buying arrangements and discuss new important innovations and products.”

Who should attend?
The Emergency Services Show 2011 is considered critical for those with a role in emergency planning and business continuity. From buyers and specifiers, emergency planners to responders, this show unites colleagues, contemporaries and suppliers. Every year emergency and resilience professionals with a role in operations, procurement, training, recruitment, emergency planning and business continuity, attend.

Exhibitors will be displaying all manner of products and services including: personal protective equipment, communications and IT, first response equipment, station equipment, training and education, vehicles and vehicle equipment, medical equipment, business continuity and outsourcing.

David Brown, remarks: “As well as allowing exhibitors to showcase their latest products and services, the exhibition provides an ideal way for professionals to discuss co-operation, ideas and initiatives and learn from each other in preparation for major events taking place over the coming years or prepare for the unexpected.”

Emergency response zone
There will also be approximately 100 end users exhibiting within the Emergency Response Zone. This zone (essential for operational staff and emergency planning officers) is made up of category 1 and 2 responders, professional, government and voluntary organisations, and hence offers perfect networking opportunities to affiliated organisations.

The Emergency Planning Society, Flood Forecasting Centre, the Health Protection Agency, Inland Flood Rescue Association (IFRA), Institute of Civil Protection & Emergency Management and the British Red Cross are just a few of the organisations exhibiting in this specialist area. There is also a dedicated UK Search and Rescue Zone including Mountain Rescue and the Association of Lowland Search and Rescue (ALSAR).

This year, the two-day conference will be hosted in the dedicated conference centre (opposite the exhibition centre) at Stoneleigh Park. To help organisations cope with a markedly different environment and overcome the challenges of the future, the show’s organisers have taken the decision that the conference will be free of charge to attend. This is in recognition of organisations’ budgets having been cut and in many cases restrictions put in place regarding individuals attending events. However, it is vital that emergency and resilience professionals continue to learn and network amongst one another to allow both professional development and learning, with the overall aim of improving public safety.

Each day of the conference will be targeted at different job roles. Day one will be aimed at senior management, whilst day two will be directed at operational personnel. The conference will be CPD certified.

For further information on the conference programme please visit the website.