MIACC 98: Getting It Together

Emergency Measures Organization (to Dec. 19, 2005)

October 15, 1998 12:35 PM

A wide range of people involved in disaster response will discuss
their experiences next week when the Major Industrial Accidents
Council of Canada (MIACC) holds a three-day forum in Halifax.

The theme of the conference is Getting It Together. Presenters
will provide participants with an opportunity to learn, share
experiences and develop strategies in prevention and response in
the event of disasters in their communities. The conference is
co-sponsored by MIACC and Emergency Preparedness Atlantic.

One of the highlights will be a session titled Collaborative
Initiatives, which will examine how different agencies and
communities worked together during the recent Swissair crash near
Halifax. Another part of the presentation will be preparing for
and responding to marine spills, and land-use planning near
pipelines.

The crash of Swissair Flight 111 will also be examined in a
workshop on response and recovery to a major marine incident and
a case study on critical incident stress management.

A session on community planning for emergencies will cover last
winter's ice storm, an overview of response plans in the case of
an emergency at Confederation Bridge between New Brunswick and
Prince Edward Island, and dealing with emergencies at a natural
gas pipeline.

The conference will also look at developing a plan in the event a
marine spill or emergency affects the livelihood of a community,
and tools to enhance community preparedness.

Mike Lester, director of the Nova Scotia Emergency Measures
Organization and MIACC board member, said if we have learned one
thing from disasters, it is that working together and sharing
information is extremely important.

"This conference gives us an opportunity to sit down and share
information about recent events that help us prevent similar ones
in the future and be able to response more effectively to
disasters."

The conference will be held Oct. 18-20 at the Westin Nova
Scotian, 1181 Hollis St., Halifax. For more information, visit
the MIACC website at http://www.miacc.ca .

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Contact: Sandy Phillips
         Emergency Measures Organization
         902-422-2244 or 902-424-5620
         E-mail: sandyphillips@hfx.andara.com

ngr                 Oct. 15, 1998                12:35 p.m.