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Health Care and Extreme Weather: The Show Must Go On

Not just another snow day!

From March 7 – 10, 2017, the remote northern community of Churchill, Manitoba experienced a once in a lifetime blizzard event. Arctic winds whipped snowfall into 30 foot drifts that shut down all access to the community, preventing delivery of critical supplies and access to Emergency Medical Services. The scale of the emergency and the level of threat to human safety were greater than anyone had prepared for.

Join us at Disaster Forum 2017 to learn how the Churchill Health Centre continued to deliver services to acute care and long term residents throughout the storm and what actions were taken when its continuity plans failed. The presentation from Karen-Denise Cyr will explore the importance of partnerships in response and recovery efforts and preparedness tips to increase resilience in extreme weather events. Register now.

Meet The Expert: Karen-Denise Cyr

Karen Denise

Karen has been in the Emergency Management profession since 2008, currently working as Director, Operations for the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority’s Emergency and Continuity Management Program. Karen is responsible for planning, response, evaluation and over-all management of the program.

Karen is an active member of IAEM Canada and Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (DRIE) Central chapter. Karen shares her expertise with others, providing pro bono training and consultation for organizations including the United Way of Winnipeg, Volunteer Manitoba, the Canadian Red Cross and Winnipeg Folk Festival-where she currently serves as Chair of the Festival’s Board of Directors. Karen is an experienced presenter, having spoken at the World Conference on Disaster Management, International Association of Emergency Managers Conference, Manitoba Disaster Conference and DRIE Central Conference.

Karen resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and 2 children. Their 14 year old son plays competitive baseball and is currently attempting to learn the fine art of doing his own laundry. Their 8 year old daughter has curly hair like her mom and has persuaded her unwitting parents to adopt 2 cats and 5 fish.

Join Karen and a host of other leading emergency managers at Disaster Forum 2017. Click here to save $100 by registering before April 8.

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