Disastrous events are becoming all too familiar - from natural disasters like earthquakes, wildfires, flooding, hurricanes and tornadoes, to terror threats, pandemic outbreaks and cyber attacks - and in the wake of tightening budgets in today's challenging economy, both public and private organizations as well as communities and individuals, must learn to do more with less when preparing for and responding to emergencies.
That's the message of organizers of the World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM) in launching the 2012 event, which takes place in Toronto from June 25 to 27. Attended by disaster management professionals from 35 countries - including emergency management, business continuity management,risk management, emergency response (police, fire and EMS), public health, IT disaster recovery, security, military, and government personnel - WCDM is the premier annual industry event, with a theme this year of "Global Threats, Local Consequences."
WHERE: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building
255 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
CONFERENCE OVERVIEW:More than 70 educational workshops, plenary and concurrent sessions, featuring leading Canadian and international speakers in all areas of disaster management who will provide innovative solutions on how to improve disaster preparedness, response and recovery, including tips on how businesses, communities and government can adapt to global and local threats, and catastrophic events, as well as sustain operations and
communities at home and abroad during critical times, in spite of reduced budgets.
SESSION TOPICS: The Search for Resiliency: Sessions will explore the difficulties of creating a resilient culture, whether for protecting a business, empowering a community or fortifying a system. WCDM experts and delegates will debate the effectiveness of resiliency programs and assess the implementation success of recent cases.
Real Life - Real Lessons: Recognizing the value of case studies and pilot programs to crisis professionals, WCDM workshops will demonstrate how to learn from other's mistakes and successes to create new solutions. Topics to be covered include the use of social media before and during a crisis, building a culture of recoverability, "bottom-up" disaster response, and corporate social responsibility during a crisis.
Dealing with Future Threats: Experts will share new ways of thinking about how to deal with the complex threats of today, and prepare to face
additional challenges in the future.
Growth for the Professional: Targeted sessions will provide delegates with valuable advice on how to do their jobs better in spite of a changing world that involves complex systems, new technologies, more issues and less money.
EXHIBITION: Exhibit area will highlight the latest in emergency management and business continuity products, services, technologies, and programs.
CONTACT: For more information, or to register, please visit www.wcdm.org or call (905) 948-0470 ext. 2245/Toll free: (888) 443-6786 ext. 2245.
For exhibit and sponsorship opportunities, call (905) 948-0470 ext. 2249/Toll free: (888) 443-6786 ext. 2249.