Floodfighters :: 2008 Conference (Floodfighters)

Venue: University of Gloucestershire

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Event Date/Time: Nov 03, 2008 End Date/Time: Nov 04, 2009
Registration Date: Oct 31, 2008
Early Registration Date: Aug 22, 2008
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FloodFighters :: 2008
Resilience, Response, Renewal
University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham, UK November 3 - 4, 2008

Small to Medium size Enterprises, together with first responder and emergency response stakeholder organisations, must all work together to deal with the effects of critical incidents and extreme weather events such as floods.

This year's main flooding conference – FloodFighters :: 2008 – will continue its mission of developing business and organisational resilience to extreme weather events, as well as providing leading edge tactical workshops for first responders and their managers.

Hosted by Gloucestershire University, which lies at the heart of one of the areas most severely affected by the 2007 floods, and which plays a key role in the local and regional economy, FloodFighters :: 2008 will be building on its effective formula of high level conference and high level practical workshops, with defined learning outcomes. This event incorporates a fascinating case study site visit, which will give delegates a true understanding of the risks that are faced, and the solutions being developed.

This visit to a water treatment works will show the renewal measures and the installations of additional flood defences at a vital regional treatment site. Semi-permanent defences are in place while the operators study feasibility and work on the outline design stage; it is expected that it will take two to three years for permanent defences to be constructed. This visit will provide delegates an excellent opportunity to view the difficult realities faced when major floods strike.

A key feature of the programme is that of knowledge transfer to enhance the crisis management, business continuity management and recovery capability of participating organisations. To make sure this event is as effective as possible, it is organised to give all attendees a unique, entertaining, participative and challenging experience.

By following incident timelines provided by experts and leaders of front line responder organisations such as fire, police, utilities and private responder companies from around the world, delegates will gain a greater understanding of, and insight into:
• The actions required to recover from a major incident;
• An appreciation of the extent to which recovery depends on pre-planned resources and pre-defined actions;
• The options available for recovery and how to select those most appropriate; and
• How to develop a workable and ‘disaster friendly’ resumption/recovery plan;

FloodFighters :: 2008 will highlight:
• Emergency response case studies;
• Crisis management;
• Managing the recovery;
• Situation assessment;
• Resource issues and solutions;
• Testing the new plan; and
• Media communication;

This event will be of interest to all those responsible for their company’s business continuity and risk management strategies. FloodFighters :: 2008 will cover all the technical, managerial and legislative issues surrounding these issues. The conference will be of particular relevance to the following groups:
• Senior Executives
• Governmental Crisis Planners
• Operational Managers
• Business Continuity Managers
• Risk Managers
• Crisis Communication Professionals
• First Responders
• Emergency response stakeholder organisations
• Local Resilience Forums
• Regional Resilience Forums
• Government Offices
• Utility Companies
• Health Authorities
• Mountain Rescue
• Motoring organisations, such as the AA and RAC
• Highways Departments
• Power generators
• Port Authorities
• Environment Agency staff
• All Civil Contingency categorised agencies

Standalone Workshops
On November 5, we invite delegates to attend one of two standalone workshop streams to be hosted by industry professionals.
The first will be a media focus day, specifically for SMEs, to provide training strategy on engaging with print and broadcast media during an event. Delegates will be taken through case studies from the floods of 2007, how to interview, editing processes and practical application of techniques. This limited-space workshop will be vital for anyone handling business communication in a crisis.
Secondly there will be a workshop devoted to tactical managers and practitioners. Delegates will be introduced to the latest in underwater rescue methods and swiftwater safety. Each session will be conducted by experts in the fields of flood rescue and is aimed at providing valuable insights into tested practices by instigators of rescue operations.


Francis Close Hall Campus, Swindon Road
United Kingdom

Additional Information

Early booking discounts are available until August 22nd for all delegates. Please note that some organisations have a special 10% agreed discount for their members.