Symposium on emergency preparedness and response

5 February 2019 - 09:00
Erasmus University Medical Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands


Emergencies happen. Even the best risk analysis will not prevent accidents from happening. The way we have been preparing ourselves, the way we react, the way we communicate and the way we learn from previous (near) misses will be decisive for the eventual scale and impact of any incident. "Not in my lab."? To set the tone, our keynote speaker will talk you through some recently occurred cases. You'd rather be safe than sorry...

Session 1: Emergency in practice, what to do when …

Emergencies don't follow rules. However, it is vital to bring the situation back under control as quickly as possible. Being well prepared is only half the work. This session will bring very real examples (e.g. leakage of highly infectious agent into sewer system, injured person in a high biological risk environment, escape of animals from a stable with a high containment level) and together with your moderator you will brainstorm on how to safely stabilise the situation.

Session 2:  Get your team ready for an emergency: a sandbox exercise

In this session participants will be confronted with a 'real life' simulated crisis.

Taking on the role of different stakeholders, they will be challenged to define their necessary steps within the crisis management cycle via a sandbox exercise. The exercise allows for defining everyones role in handling the simulated crisis and for determining whether we are able to define and fulfil our tasks.

Session 3:  Everything you need to know – from concept to implementation (‘noodplan’)

Session 3 will guide the participants through the set-up of an emergency plan, from concept to implementation ánd training.             

Session 4:  Communication in times of emergency: 'to tell or not to tell'

Communicating effectively with all stakeholders in case of an emergency will never be easy. The rise of social media adds an extra challenge to that.

This session will help you in deciding what to tell, how to tell it and to whom, all in order to support the effective implementation of protective actions and to minimize fear. Session 4 will provide insights in how to set up a robust communication plan.