Preparedness Response Recovery Mitigation

A two-day hybrid conference incorporating indepth strategies for planning, response and recovery in any emergency situation - with a special, separately bookable focus day on flood risk management.

An extraordinary confluence of events, both environmental and geopolitical, have coalesced to create a heightened risk and heightened awareness of disasters, emergencies and epidemics.

As the past year has shown, Ireland is far from being immune to this uncertainty and challenge. International travel has seen the rapid spread of swine flu, which originated in Mexico and spread to nearly every nation in a matter of months. Recent severe weather conditions have seen a shortage of road salt supplies resulting in a serious disruption of services, bringing large regions of this island to a standstill.

The flooding tragedy that afflicted this county in recent times has left some serious questions remaining. What should be done next? What lessons can be drawn at this stage? What measures need to be put in place in order to prevent the return of floods?

The National Emergency Management Summit seeks to assess future risks and articulate practical approaches to strategies for planning, response and recovery. This event will provide an insight into the challenges facing councils and other parties in maintaining services. It will look at managing the impact on communities, while also keeping a focus on wider risks.

This must attend 2-day conference will provide a unique opportunity for all attendees to -

  • Increase knowledge on how we can best prepare for emergencies, use scarce resources more wisely, implement responses more effectively and create new partnerships
  • Hear from government and relevant parties on their emergency planning agendas
  • Receive an update on the status of flood risk management
  • Foster best practice from a series of successful case studies
  • Engage in debate with a series of panel discussions


The National Emergency Management Summit will bring together all stakeholders from the emergency management value chain, including -

  • Managers with responsibilities for emergency planning
  • Managers with responsibilities for environmental health
  • Local Authority Managers and Engineers
  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • Partner and voluntary sector organisations
  • Rescue services
  • Police authorities & Defense Forces
  • Response and recovery (i.e. HSE)
  • Communications teams
  • Corporate Business Continuity Managers
  • Consultants
  • Water experts
  • All those with an interest in flood risk management.


Speakers at the Summit include -

  • John O’Shea - Founder, GOAL
  • Sean Hogan - National Director for Fire and Emergency Management
  • Iain Bryson - Head of Emergency Management Service, Gloucestershire County Council
  • Kathleen M. O’Toole - Chief Inspector, Garda Síochána Inspectorate
  • Dr Tony Holohan - Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health and Children
  • Dr Colin Green - Professor of Water Economics at Middlesex University
  • Dr. Connor Murphy - Director of the MSc in Climate Change and a lecturer and researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS)
  • Sean Coleman - Risk Consulting Leader, Marsh
  • John Power - Director General of Engineers Ireland
  • Padraig McKeon - Managing Director of corporate communications company Drury
  • Hilary Aldridge - Head of Incident Management, Flood and Coastal Risk Management Directorate, Environment Agency, UK.


IBM has a long history in Ireland, having opened our first office here in 1956. Today, our Irish employees number 3,000 and have nationwide responsibilities for sales, marketing and service. Our globally integrated international missions in manufacturing and development operations include a Technology Campus in Mulhuddart, Co. Dublin and software development laboratories in Dublin, Cork and Galway - with a European Sales and Support Centre in Blanchardstown, Dublin.

As one of Ireland's leading corporate citizens, IBM Ireland provides support for initiatives in three areas - education, environment and employee volunteer efforts. IBM employees are encouraged to volunteer at schools and not-for-profit organisations - with the resources of the company behind them. Visit


You can promote your business face-to-face with decision-makers in Emergency Management by exhibiting at this event.

For details, telephone Suzanne Brennan, Conference Director on 087 9191 292 or -
Email: [email protected]

For Booking/Registration details - Click Here

National Emergency Management Programme - Tuesday, May 25th - Click Here

Flood Risk Management Programme - Wednesday, May 26th - Click Here


Contact information

Suzanne Brennan
Conference Director
087 9191 292
[email protected]



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