11th Annual Victoria Seminar

Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC)

Emergency Management BC (EMBC)

Jointly Present



“How do we prepare for catastrophic events?”

The following is the agenda for the 1 day event in Victoria.


WHEN:           Friday, September 25th, 2015, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Registration & Networking begins @ 8:30 and Seminar begins promptly @ 9:00

Introduction / Welcome:               Lisa Benini, EPICC Board of Director

Heather Lyle, Director, Integrated Public Safety, Emergency Management BC

Outline current EMBC initiatives.

Following the 2014 review by the Office of the Auditor General, EMBC established a progressive and challenging strategic plan that highlights a renewed focus towards catastrophic planning and enhanced support to Local Authorities and Stakeholders.   This presentation will address status of EMBC’s priority projects and significant achievements the organization has attained in responding to the OAG’s recommendations. 

Alison Bird, Earthquake Seismologist, Geological Survey of Canada

Earthquakes in Southwestern BC

The west coast of British Columbia has both a major strike-slip fault, along the west coast of Haida Gwaii, and the northern section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. These result in significant earthquake hazard in the coastal region, along with other associated risks, such as tsunami, liquefaction and structural damage. Drawing on events from around the world, it is possible to estimate what will happen to BC in the future.

Matt Cawsey, Research Officer, Saanich Police /

Ian Foss, Regional Emergency Systems Coordinator, Capital Regional District

            Integrating Social Media into Crisis Communications and Situational Awareness

Social media and other web-based communication tools present beneficial yet challenging opportunities for emergency programs; however, the advent and rising popularity of social media has altered communication patterns and placed greater demands on emergency managers, particularly in times of crisis. This presentation will demonstrate how Social Media is now a publicly demanded communication channel, and will provide a guide to fully adopting and integrating these tools to meet present public expectations.

Jeff Donaldson, Graduate, Royal Roads University – Master on Disaster Emergency Management Program

Business Continuity and the Rural Small Business Owner

Small business owners are the cornerstone of rural communities; they are key to our economic growth and stability.  The foundations of business continuity – IT protection, exercising, management plans, etc. – are often far beyond the resources of the independent businessperson.  They face the same hazards as corporates, without the resources.  How can we in the BC community aid in bridging that gap? How prepared are our independent business owners and their employees?

Break for lunch

Katja Magarin, Co-chair organizing committee, ShakeOut BC

Presents an update on the upcoming ShakeOutBC event on October 15th

Heather Lyle, Director, Integrated Public Safety, Emergency Management BC

Presents the updates on the BC Emergency Management System (BCEMS).

BCERMS has undergone a complete refresh, revisiting its “Response” information and expanding the scope to include the four phases of emergency management:  Preparedness; Response; Recovery and Mitigation.  By addressing all phases of emergency management BCERMS, now titled BCEMS, provides emergency planners with the basic principles and foundation information they can apply to their emergency programs.  The presentation will highlight the integrated approach undertaken to update, enhance and expand BCERMS to BCEMS and the process used to develop a new, “refreshed” BCEMS Guide.  The project provided a forum for bridging academia with practitioners from all levels of government and stakeholder agencies in the field of emergency management.   The project reflects organizational changes, evidence-based research, operational experience and various shifts and advancements in the field of public safety

Gary Perkins, Chief Information Security Officer, Office of CIO, BC Government

Cybersecurity Threats to Critical Infrastructure.

Recent cyber-attacks on retail, IT, healthcare, financial institutions, and government remind us that no-one is immune. Today's assaults are more sophisticated, targeted, and persistent, contributing to a threat landscape that is more complex than ever. With finite resources, organizations must be vigilant to avoid common pitfalls. Preparation and planning in advance is vital to dealing effectively with cyber-attacks and mitigating harmful effects that include reputational damage, business disruption, and/or financial loss. Knowing what you're going to do before a problem occurs will give you the confidence that you can recover from an incident when it happens.

Doug McLeod, Skye Emergency Preparedness

Overview Post-Earthquake Building Damage Assessment Programs

Is a formal Program needed?  What comprises an effective Program?  What Assessment Methodology is used?  These questions will be answered a long with a discussion on Building Damage Assessment in an Earthquake Response

Sybille Sanderson, Cowichan Valley Regional District

            Rapid Damage Assessment for Community Safety

Professional resources are limited early in a catastrophic event. Health and safety of responders, saving lives and reducing suffering are the first three goals within the British Columbia Emergency Management System.

This simplified Rapid Damage Assessment program can be used to train the public how to identify local hazards following a catastrophic event and help them to work together to promote safety and health.


WHERE:      The Legion, Branch #292, 411 Gorge Road East, Victoria  (Free parking available)


COST:              $75.00 each for EPICC members and $95.00 each for non-members

Space is limited so Register Early by going online to www.epicc.org

Any questions can be directed to (604) 813-7979 or info@epicc.org