Landmark disaster management conference: terrorist attacks at major events.(Conference Preview)

A landmark disaster and emergency management conference is to be held during the World Firefighters Games on September 1-2. This unique event--the first conference of its kind to be held during a major sporting activity--will be held in the Don Valley Stadium, South Yorkshire, and will concentrate on catastrophic incidents at major public gatherings

The threat of international terrorism is no greater than at major sporting events and public gatherings. The World Firefighters Games brings together fire chiefs from around the globe and provides a great opportunity to share experience and expertise on dealing with the threat of major disaster. The world's foremost authorities will share their experience on planning for major events such as the Sydney Olympics and lessons learned from terrorist attacks such as at the Atlanta Games. The conference will locus on multi-agency emergency planning in countering terrorist actions and will address the worst-case scenarios through case studies on major terrorist attacks as well as major incident planning exercises.

Day one will focus on the contingency planning for major events and public gatherings, while day two will focus on the ever-widening threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear attacks. Analysis on the effects of an aviation crash into a densely populated stadium and response options to the catastrophe will conclude the event.

The conference will consist of 'tag' presentations, giving differing perspectives on each subject, followed by a question and answer session. …

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