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Command and Control 2010:

Wide-Area Emergencies: Impact on National Security and Resilience

This two-day conference will focus on the response to recent emergencies and the findings from research projects, including RUSI's own research project Inter-operability in a Crisis 2: Human Factors and Organisational Processes. Presentations will address lessons learned from the severe snows of 2009 and 2010; pandemic flu; and international exercises undertaken by UK agencies over the last 12 months.Frozen Small

Many of the threats on the National Risk Register have the potential to cover wide geographical areas and to be sustained over time. This presents unique challenges to emergency planners and responders, as well as to policy makers and business continuity practitioners.

Wide-area events such as heavy snow, pandemic flu, outbreaks of foot and mouth disease, mass demonstrations, severe flooding and industrial action all require response, management and recovery to be highly co-ordinated. This relies on common operating procedures as well as inter-operable and integrated communication systems.


  • Huw Irranca-Davies
    Minister for Marine and Natural Environment, Defra
  • Chief Superintendent Michael Hallowes
    Head of Strategic Operations, National Policing Improvement Agency
  • Sir Ken Knight
    Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Office of the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser, Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Phil Evans
    Government Services Director, Met Office
  • Professor Herbert Huppert
    Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics,University of Cambridge
  • Wing Commander Richard Garston
    Chief of Plans, Standing Joint Command (UK), MOD
  • Peter Thompson
    CBRN Incidents Policy Branch
  • Margaret Lally
    Director of UK Service Development, British Red Cross
  • Shuna Mayes
    Head of Resilience Planning and Strategy, Scottish Resilience
  • Ben Spurway
    International Training Academy Manager and Response Team Member, Shelterbox International
  • David Evans
    Managing Director, Link Associates
  • Peter House
    National Resilience Officer, Fire and Rescue National Resilience Assurance Team
  • Dr Sara Ulrich, Senior Manager, Enterprise Risk Services, Deloitte and Visiting Lecturer King’s College London
  • Professor Carolyn Roberts
    Director, Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
  • Dr Andy Morse
    Department of Geography, Liverpool University
  • John Kimmance
    Head, Public Sector and Utilities,Ordnance Survey
  • Dr Chris Oura
    Head of Non-vesicular Disease Reference Laboratories, Institute for Animal Health,Pirbright
  • Dr Rob MacFarlane
    Assistant Director, Emergency Planning College
  • Professor Lindsey McEwan
    University of Gloucester
  • Chief Fire Officer Paul Hayden
    Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service
  • Dr Brooke Rogers
    Lecturer in Risk and Terror, Department of War Studies, King's College London
  • Andy Marshall
    Staffordshire Civil Contingencies Unit
  • Dr Martina McGuiness
    Lecturer in Risk Management and Strategy, Management School, The University of Sheffield
  • Oskan Edwardson
    Associate Director of Emergency Preparedness and Special Operations, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust
  • Alan Gardner
    Managing Director, Emergency Planning Solutions
  • Jennifer Cole
    Head of Emergency Management, RUSI

Sessions will include:

  • Assessing national capabilities
    This session will look at how central government assesses national capability to deal with events such as severe flooding, heavy snow, human and animal disease and widespread civil unrest.
  • Monitoring and detection
    What mechanisms are in place for monitoring and detecting wide-area hazards, including predicting their arrival, mapping their impact and future-planning their development across all areas of the UK.
  • National co-ordination frameworks
    Presenting results from RUSI's own current research into inter-operability, and research findings from other recent programmes, this session will look at the importance of ensuring horizontal and vertical co-ordination of the many responder agencies.
  • Infrastructure and environment
    What impact does a wide-area emergencies have on local infrastructure during such an event? What is the relationship between assets deemed to be part of the Critical National Infrastructure and those which have responsibilities as a Category 2 Responder under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004?
  • The air dimension
    From situational awareness gained through aerial surveillance to air rescue and the use of aircraft to move resources across inaccessible land, this session will explore the role and co-ordination of air assets in the response to wide-area events.
  • The impact of climate change
    How far ahead can wide-area emergencies be predicted? What impact does this have on the allocation and movement of resources? Does the UK's tolerance to risk need to be increased to meet the challenges of climate change over the coming years?

For more information about this event, or to discuss sponsorship packages, please contact Jennifer Cole -

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