Start Time
9:15 AM
End Time
3.45 PM
There will be CPD hours awarded to attendees. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award.

About this Conference

In recent years Ireland has seen an increase in dramatic events including, weather emergencies, cyber-attacks, pandemic, you name it!! The demands of Ireland’s emergency response managers are ever changing. It requires them to have an exceptionally high standard of preparedness for any eventuality, either man made or by natures hand.

Their planning and response to events are vital to ensure the best possible outcome for any emergency event.

This conference is a must attend for all those who are involved in emergency response or those responsible in cases of emergencies big or small. There will be an expert line up of speakers discussing recent events, anticipated events and how we can improve our response going forward.

The Emergency Response & Disaster Recovery conference is a unique event streamed live from our own custom-built CMG Studios.


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Ireland’s First National Security Strategy and Ireland’s Emergency Preparedness

  • Principal threats to Ireland’s national security
  • Strategic goals Ireland should adopt
  • Will the traditional national security policies and approaches remain relevant?
  • What strategic capabilities will the State need to develop
  • National Emergency Plans
  • Strategic Emergency Management (SEM) National Structures and Framework
Johnny Fallon, Strategy Director, Carr Communications

Climate Change and Environmental Emergencies

Principal threats to Ireland’s national security - Climate Change: An Existential Threat or Not?

  • Learning from paleoclimate and modern-day temperature trends.
  • Natural variability and “extreme weather events”
  • Observations of sea level rise and developments in the cryosphere
  • Clearing misunderstandings of the IPCC reports and the media bias
  • Proposed refocusing of national energy and agricultural policy.

Jim O’Brien, Chair of the Irish Climate Science Forum

Planning for an Energy Supply Crisis this Winter

  • Oil - Meeting the Distribution Challenge
  • How Secure are our Gas Supplies?
  • Can we Keep the Lights On Without Gas?

Gerry Duggan, Fellow of the Irish Academy of Engineering

Communication is Key

  • Notification and information exchange processes
  • Public/media communication
  • Muti- Agency communication

Paul Cuttle, Owner, Cuttle Consulting.

Public Health and Medical Response

  • The role of Departments of Public Health following a public health major
  • Identification of the population who have been exposed to the threat
  • Assessment of the risk to public health
  • Risk communication and guidance to key health professionals
  • Risk communication to the public to address concerns, provide information and advice
  • Advice on control measures to protect public health
  • Short term and long-term monitoring of those exposed if appropriate.

Dr. Peter Daly, Director, Irish Center for Emergency Management

Weather Emergencies

  • What weather emergencies can we expect in the future. What do we need to prepare for?
  • Met Éireann’s Warning System including warnings notifications on App
  • Storm Naming
  • Accuracy of forecasts and probabilistic forecasting
  • New trends towards impact-based forecasts

Evelyn Cusack, Head of Forecasting, Met Eireann

Cyber Attacks- Be a Cyber Phoenix and rise from the ashes

  • See how other organisations addressed existential IT disasters.
  • Learn what needs to be considered to prepare your organisation.
Liam Lynch,L2 Cyber Security Solutions

Building and Sustaining Resilience

  • Customer and regulator expectations
  • The five key elements of resilience
  • Building your resilience plans
  • Testing your plans
  • Managing your Third Parties

Gerard Joyce, CalQrisk

Crowd Control and Evacuations in an Emergency situation

  • Crowd Management and Risk at Major Events
  • Emergency Evacuations - What elements need to be considered for a safe and effective evacuation?
  • Application of lessons learned from crowd related incidents or 'near misses' for the future

Sean Ward, Owner and Managing Director, 4Ward Planning

War - Ireland's Vulnerability during International conflict

Dr David Murphy, FRHistS Director, MA in Military History & Strategic Studies Department of History, Maynooth University

Who Should Attend?

This conference will be of great interest to emergency response managers, communication teams, business continuity managers, risk managers, directors, CEO’s, strategic planners, operations managers in all public and private sector organisations.


Evelyn Cusack
Head of Forecasting, Met Eireann
Liam Lynch
L2 Cyber Security Solutions
Gerard Joyce
Paul Cuttle
Owner, Cuttle Consulting
Johnny Fallon
Strategy Director, Carr Communications
Dr David Murphy
FRHistS Director, MA in Military History & Strategic Studies Department of History, Maynooth University
Jim O’Brien
Chair of the Irish Climate Science Forum
Gerry Duggan
Dr. Peter Daly
Director, Irish Center for Emergency Management
Sean Ward
Owner and Managing Director, 4ward Planning


Early Bird Rate: €435 + VAT (LIMITED OFFER)

Full rate €535 + VAT

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment

Discounts available for bookings of 3 or more.