Wednesday 24 November, 10:00-11:00 AM (AEDT) | 7:00-8:00 AM (AWST) | 12:00-1:00 PM (NZDT)
EMPA Director Rebecca Riggs will chair a discussion on EMPA Principle No1: ‘The Chair at the Table’, where experts discuss the need for communicators to be involved in decision making during emergencies.
“Excellent communication is central to excellent operations. Communicators need a seat at the table and a voice in strategic decision making. They should understand, support, and influence operational objectives.”
The panel includes Michele Poole (FENZ), Leah Hornibrook (QFES) and Inspector-General for Emergency Management, Tony Pearce (Vic).
Wednesday 27 October, 10:00-11:00 AM (AEDT) | 7:00-8:00 AM (AWST) | 12:00-1:00 PM (NZDT)
The Never-Ending Stream: Disaster Response in New York City from 9/11 to COVID-19
In the early morning after the 9/11 attacks, as the Associate Commissioner for Environmental Health at the New York City Department of Health, Kelly McKinney was assigned to the makeshift Emergency Operations Center in the second-floor library of the city’s Police Academy on East 20th Street, six blocks above the evacuated city—the so-called “Red Zone.”
He has spent the two decades since in leadership roles in every major emergency in New York City, first as the Deputy Commissioner at the New York City Office of Emergency Management and then as the Chief Disaster Officer for the American Red Cross in Greater New York.
This session will focus on some of his key insights, those lessons learned, from twenty years in the disaster business in New York. These include the immediate challenge of grief management and the essential role of disaster mental health services; the needs imperative of the children and families trapped by the crisis, and the continuing challenges of leadership and change management in a post-COVID-19 world.
Wednesday 29 September, 10:00-11:00 AM (AEST) | 8:00-9:00 AM (AWST) | 12:00-1:00 PM (NZ)
EMPA launches its long awaited Principles of Communication. This is our most important guide to industry best practice.
The webinar will be hosted by EMPA Chair, Dr Barbara Ryan, and is a must-see for all emergency communications practitioners.
Wednesday 25 August, 10:00-11:00 AM (AEST) | 8:00-9:00 AM (AWST) | 12:00-1:00 PM (NZ)
Facebook tools for responders
Kylie Holmes, Facebook’s global policy Head of Crisis and Disaster Response, will connect from USA to discuss their broader suite of disaster and crisis response tools and how and when they activate.
She’ll be joined by Chery Seeto, Facebook’s Policy Programs Manager for New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.