Risk, Reality, Response
Risk, Reality, Response
The debate is over about whether or not climate change is real. Irrefutable evidence from around the world-including extreme weather events, record temperatures, retreating glaciers and rising sea levels all point to the fact that climate change is happening now and at rates much faster than previously thought. The overwhelming majority of scientists who study climate change agree that human activity is responsible for changing the climate. Source: David Suzuki Foundation
GTIME III was a great success, too bad if you missed it, congratulations to all the attendees who fought their way through the storm to attend.
GTIME III helped planners, incident and risk managers prepare now for the impacts. The GTIME (the Greater Toronto Incident Management Exchange) exercise on December 11 educated and challenged all participants regardless of their background. Climate Change and the events associated are already impacting the Greater Toronto Area. The Ice Storm of the winter of 2013/14 and torrential rains causing wide scale flooding may be just the beginning of things to come. In the past few years, from Calgary, Alberta to St John, New Brunswick, “weird weather” has damaged business, homes and property impacting transportation and critical infrastructures in cities across Canada. So what can YOU do about it in your own organization? To help you DRIE (the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange) Toronto presented GTIME (Greater Toronto Incident Management Exercise) III.
GTIME III presented a panel of experts who have studied, experienced and reacted to various recent weather related events. They provided information on issues that affects your plans from municipal infrastructure to the emergency management services and response. The exercise revolved around a disaster scenario and set of discussion topics that you and your colleagues examined in the context of your own preparedness. The expert’s experiences and knowledge helped you identify gaps and issues to be addressed in your plans. These answers have been captured and distilled into a “white paper” as in other GTIME exercises.
This was not just a set of presentations. It was an exercise designed to help you improve your plan’s resumption, recovery and restoration phases. We wanted to cultivate answers from our participants that contribute to their understanding and ultimately reacting to the types of crisis produced by severe weather events. This allows you to create the plans with the power to deal with these events.
GTIME III was an educational, hands-on exercise applicable to any business or government organization regardless of their location. It was a great opportunity to exercise your plan without the time and expense of designing your own exercise scenario, researching cross functional impact, providing exercise reports and debriefings. Table monitors facilitated discussion topics as the exercise progressed and the table top exercise format encouraged participants to discuss cross functional issues and plan dependencies. Post exercise reports and blogs have been made available to all attendees as part of the on-going evolution of the GTIME concept.
Team Building and Educational Opportunity
DRIE Toronto and its volunteers moderated the event, ensuring that the challenges faced by participants are realistic, probable and valuable for real-life planning.
The facilitated workshop allows for an unprecedented opportunity to exercise and evaluate your own organization’s plan and to understand key integration, support requirements and communication points with critical community infrastructure, landlord/tenant relationships, and actions taken by various levels of government.
Organizations wishing to exercise their plan were allowed to reserve a full table as their “EOC” (Emergency Operations Centre), while others were assigned to collaborative team tables which assisted them in understanding the importance of cross functional communications and multiple forms of communications in plan content. The exercise was shaped on
Business continuity planners, emergency managers, crisis communications planners, human resources managers, risk managers, property owners and managers, facility managers, asset managers, life safety teams, contractors, crisis management leaders.
Any member of your crisis management team or planning team can benefit from the new knowledge and thinking at this event. Extending the invitation to the entire team can solidify your commitment to preparedness and help them to build their skills and understanding of their role in a wide scale incident impacting your organization.
Updated their planning and incident management skills with compelling knowledge of issues related to wide scale events and the impacts that communications can have on your organization’s ability to effectively enact their plan.
Event Agenda - December 11th
8:30 Registration, continental breakfast
9:00 Exercise kick off and scenario details
10:00 Speaker panel and participant discussion
10:40 Scenario details and participant analysis
11:10 Recovery action and discussion
Noon Speaker panel Q&A, lunch
13:15 Lessons learned
13:45 Social networking (Wine and cheese)
Note: Refreshments will be available during the