Corporate emergency management and EHS professionals are continually challenged to optimize workplace safety, improve processes based on lessons learned experiences, and balance the profit/loss scale with optimal sustainability. Whether bound by industry downturns, budget cutbacks, or executive barricades, striving to meet this challenge while continuing to reduce the number of incidents at one facility or across an enterprise is a daunting task.
In order for those responsible for corporate emergency management to strengthen company resolve, apply best practices, and incorporate proven strategies, they need to be exposed to and educated by industry innovators. When budgets are restrained, every opportunity for peer collaboration, communication, and education becomes a valuable tool for corporate sustainability and longevity. The ability to share proven methodology can lead to improved processes and cost-savings outcomes.
Emergency management conferences can aid in fostering budget-friendly, best-practices implementations and provide financially sound resources that sustain a culture of safety and preparedness. While some of the conferences below are industry specific, the list of 2016 events can inspire professionals and enhance their company programs. (The list reflects statements from conference presenters and should not be considered a TRP Corp endorsement.)
International Disaster Conference and Expo: March 1-3, 2016 (New Orleans, LA)
This conference unites public and private sector professionals from around the world for discussions regarding policy, lessons learned, best practices, and forward thinking, resulting in the mitigation of loss of life and property when catastrophic events occur.
Disaster Recovery Journal Spring World: March 13-16, 2016 (Orlando, FL)
Industry leaders gather to explore topics that address some of today’s most challenging and pressing business continuity and disaster response issues. Break-out sessions are scheduled to address strategic, managerial, technical, information, advanced, and emergency response.
Preparedness, Emergency Response and Recovery Consortium and Exposition: March 22-24, 2016 (Orlando, FL)
This conference brings together health care, medical, public health and volunteer emergency management personnel involved in disaster recovery and response efforts. Focus is placed on coordination and collaboration between the various organizations and stakeholders contributing to disaster preparedness, health care response, rescue and evacuation, sheltering in place, and recovery operations.
International Conference and Exhibition on Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Social Responsibility (HSSE–SR): April 11-13, 2016 (Stavanger, Norway)
This biennial event brings together health, safety, security, environment, and social responsibility leaders and professionals working in the international oil and gas sector to share new ideas, process improvements, technological advancements, and innovative applications to enhance HSE performance.
Continuity Insights Management Conference: April 18-20, 2016 (Nashville, TN)
This conference provides the opportunity for strategic business continuity discussions, where professionals can learn from and network with those responsible for the integrity, availability, resilience, and security of their organizations. The conference includes a review of the latest technologies and practices, and the ability to earn additional certification with post-conference workshops.
Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference: April 19-21, 2016 (Tacoma, WA)
This regional emergency preparedness conference in the Pacific Northwest annually hosts nearly 700 people representing business, schools, government, the nonprofit sector, emergency management professionals, and volunteer organizations. Speakers and exhibitors provide cutting-edge information on subjects such as business continuity planning, school safety, public health preparedness, homeland security, and public information.
2016 Governor's Hurricane Conference: May 8-13, 2016 (Orlando, FL)
The Governor's Hurricane Conference focuses on hurricane planning, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. Over 300 hours of training and workshops covering all aspects of hurricane readiness, full of the latest trends, topics, tools and technologies to best improve your disaster response/recovery processes will be offered.
IEEE Symposium on Technologies for Homeland Security: May 10-12, 2016 (Waltham, MA)
Brings together innovators from leading academic, industry, Homeland Security Centers of Excellence, and government programs to provide a forum to discuss ideas, concepts, and experimental results. This year’s event will showcase emerging technologies in cyber-security; attack and disaster preparation, recovery, and response; land and maritime border security; and bio metrics and forensics.
World Conference on Disaster Management: June 6-9, 2016 (Toronto, ON Canada)
This conference delivers a global perspective on current and emerging business continuity, emergency management, risk management, crisis communications and first response issues. WCDM brings together the most diverse mix of professions and promotes thought provoking conversations through specially designed networking opportunities.
29th Annual Environmental Health, and Safety Seminar: June 6-9, 2016 (Galveston, TX)
The Texas Chemical Council (TCC) and Association of Chemical Industry of Texas (ACIT) in collaboration with the Louisiana Chemical Association (LCA) and the Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance (LCIA)'s EHS Seminar provides an opportunity to enhance regulatory knowledge, learn from best practices, and hear from experts in their field.
Volunteer Protection Programs Participants’ Association: Aug. 29 - Sept.1, 2016 (Kissimmee, FL)
Encourages and provides opportunities for EHS professionals to network, learn, and advance as leaders in occupational safety and health issues. Participants range from safety and health managers, employee safety team members, industrial hygienists, union representatives, consultants, environmental health specialists, and human resource managers Government agency representatives from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Department of Energy (DOE) are also available for networking and education.
IAEM-USA Annual Conference & EMEX: October 14-19, 2016 (Savannah, GA)
Partnering conference of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) and Emergency Management and Homeland Security (EMEX) that provides a forum for current trends and topics, information about the latest tools and technology in emergency management and homeland security, and advances IAEM-USA committee work. Sessions encourage stakeholders at all levels of government, the private sector, public health, and related professions to exchange ideas on collaborating to protect lives and property from disaster.
Clean Gulf: November 1-3, 2016 (Tampa, FL)
Opportunity for companies, regulatory agencies, and associations involved in exploration, production, shipping, transportation or storage of petroleum, petrochemicals or hazardous materials to view the latest products, services and technologies, as well as hear about the latest trends and developments in the oil spill response industry. This event is co-located with the Deepwater Prevention & Response Conference.