Sept 24, 2019 – Disaster Preparedness Breakfast Seminar

On Tuesday September 24, 2019 we kicked off the 2019-2020 CMHDS Season with a breakfast seminar on “Disaster Preparedness: Are You Prepared or In Denial”?

BC’s Lower Mainland is one of the most seismically exposed area’s in the world, with many communities also located below sea level. Is your business prepared and are you personally prepared or are you in denial, hoping the big one won’t hit within your lifetime?

The first half of this presentation focused on Business Continuity, detailing the steps to minimize the impact of an Earthquake or Natural Disaster on your workplace and employees.

The second half of the presentation focused on Personal Preparedness – what to do during and after an Earthquake or Natural Disaster to protect your family, friends, colleagues and yourself.

Our Speakers

Doug McLeod & Carmen Ewles are members of the Board of Directors of EPICC (Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council)  a non-profit society which provides a supportive forum in which businesses are encouraged to effectively practice emergency management procedures with a goal of surviving potential disasters.

Doug McLeod is an emergency management specialist and the Principal of Skye Emergency Preparedness. Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Doug managed the disaster preparedness program at BC Hydro from 1996 to 2006. He holds the designation of Associate Business Continuity Professional with DRI Canada and is a member of the BC Association of Emergency Managers (BCAEM). Doug represented BC Hydro on the EPICC Board from 1996 to 2006, serving as Chair from 2002 to 2004.

Carmen Ewles has been the General Manager for First Aid & Survival Technologies (F.A.S.T.) since 1996. She has been actively involved with the Board of Directors of the Emergency Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council (EPICC) since 2001. Carmen was the first woman Chair of EPICC and held the position from 2004 to 2007. She has been interviewed as an expert on emergency preparedness on CTV, Global, and a variety of articles within local community and industry publications.