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Dr. David Butler-Jones

The Canadian Red Cross is holding its 3rd Atlantic Conference on Disaster Management in St. John’s on April 29-30th. The theme of this year’s conference is “No Need to Bug Out: Effective Planning for Pandemics and Other Emergencies.”

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The Canadian Red Cross is holding its 3rd Atlantic Conference on Disaster Management in St. John’s on April 29-30th. The theme of this year’s conference is “No Need to Bug Out: Effective Planning for Pandemics and Other Emergencies.”

The conference provides an opportunity for like-minded disaster management professionals to network with other emergency managers and planners in a meaningful and practical way. This year’s selection of presenters will provide helpful insight for planning and preparedness efforts when attendees return to their communities and workplaces.

The keynote speakers include Dr. David Butler-Jones, Canada’s first and current Chief Public Health Officer at the Public Health Agency of Canada. Dr. Butler-Jones has practiced throughout Canada and consulted internationally in public health and clinical medicine. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba and a clinical professor with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology at the University of Saskatchewan. In his keynote address, Dr. Butler-Jones will provide an overview of emergency health management in Canada while offering insights into some of the recent health emergencies impacting Canadian communities.

Terry Standing will also provide a keynote address about his experiences as response commander to the flood crisis in England’s southwest county of Gloucestershire. Standing is fire chief officer for the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service. He is also and the county’s group director of community safety, responsible for the Community Safety Directorate, consisting of the fire and rescue service, emergency management service, trading standards, coroners, registrars and community safety.

Two pre-conference workshops will also be held on April 28th including “Crisis Media Relations 101,” where participants will learn how to deliver messaging in times of crisis without creating a panic and media relations techniques when communicating on emergencies or disasters. The “12 Steps to Municipal Emergency Planning” pre-conference workshop is aimed at helping communities and responding officials prepare for major disasters or emergencies.

Participants can register for the conference online,  by email or by calling the Red Cross at (506) 674-6188.

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