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NBAA to Conduct Emergency Response Planning Workshop in Las Vegas
September 19, 2013
Business aviation is one of the safest forms of travel, but unplanned outcomes do happen, and being unprepared for them can exacerbate their consequences. To help operators plan for the possibility of an accident or incident, NBAA will hold a two-day, interactive Professional Development Program (PDP) course titled, “Emergency Response and Family Assistance Planning for Business Aviation,” on Oct. 20 and 21, in conjunction with the 2013 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA2013) in Las Vegas.
“Using a combination of lectures, group discussions, videos and break-out groups, participants in this PDP course will learn how to plan, develop, and implement aviation emergency plans with organizational and community procedures,” noted Sarah Wolf, NBAA’s project manager, professional development. “Role-playing exercises, which really help the participants feel like they are involved in the learning process, will help attendees work through interactions with next of kin and the media.”
Course materials include a guide for post-course planning and sample documents and checklists to help attendees develop their own emergency plans.
The session’s facilitators will review the challenges faced by a business aircraft operator that has suffered a serious accident. This includes the development and implementation of integrated emergency, disaster recovery, and public relation plans, creating flight department procedures and responses to various hazardous material incidents, and family assistance plans.
Unique to this course is the crucial knowledge and best practices in next-of-kin support and family and humanitarian assistance based on nearly three decades of research and working with those involved in aviation and other disasters.
The workshop’s presenters are leading experts in emergency response. Carolyn V. Coarsey is a psychotherapist with a Ph.D. in training and learning technologies. Her dissertation – Psychological Aftermath of Air Disaster: What Can be Learned for Training? – was one of the first scientific studies of survivors of air disasters. She’s also studied the disaster-related stress of FAA and National Transportation Safety Board employees, as well as post-traumatic effects on rescue personnel. Based on this research, she created in 1989 Higher Resources, which teaches her innovative approach to family assistance planning that helps people heal after a disaster.
Jeff Morgan is president and CEO of Aviem International, a global emergency consulting, planning and services company, and co-founder and chairman of the Family Assistance Foundation. He founded Aviem after a 20-year career with Delta Airlines, the last six years of which were dedicated to the creation of the airline’s emergency management department, which is responsible for emergency preparedness and response procedures and planning for disaster recovery and business continuity.
The course runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and 21, with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m.