Disaster Management Experts in Winnipeg for Conference

Disaster Management Experts in Winnipeg for Conference

CN Train Derailment
Crews work at the scene of a CN train derailment near Pembina Highway and the Jubilee Overpass on Saturday, February 9, 2013. (HOWARD WONG / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Emergency management experts from across North America are in Winnipeg this week to attend the 2015 Manitoba Disaster Management Conference.

The conference runs October 14-16 and will feature discussions, updates and best practices on a number of topics.

Up for discussion will be the Lac Megantic runaway train disaster, natural gas pipeline explosion near Otterburne, Manitoba, the Parliament Hill shooter, planning for a mass-casualty response, the Elliot Lake mall roof collapse, and other disasters.

Other sessions will feature topics such as:

• what motivates people to volunteer in disaster situations;
• how to cope and communicate with a variety of people in challenging situations;
• critical elements of responding and communicating in a crisis;
• resilience, the new buzz word or evolution of emergency management.

The three-day conference is being held at Canad Inns Polo Park.

— Staff