About

This event is organized by the Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness.

Event secretariat: Spark Conferences Inc.

This is a unique opportunity for 30 professionals working in the field of health care emergency preparedness (in hospitals, or pre-hospital emergency services, public health, and other organizations involved in the health care sector) to spend 8 full days in Israel, immersed in an one of a kind, exceptional, educational program with an emphasis on hands-on training and facility site-visits combined with touristic activities in the beautiful cities of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

  • Space is limited to 30 delegates (plus spouses/ partners, if applicable; special programs are available for spouses/partners while delegates attend the educational programs)
  • The educational schedule has been carefully crafted to include as much hands-on training and guided site-visits to important emergency preparedness institutions

The main learning objective of the event is to expose the delegates to as many emergency preparedness experiences as possible that they would not be able to see anywhere else.

Hands-on:

  • Light urban search and rescue
  • CBRN decontamination including a full-scale exercise in personal protective equipment (PPE)  in a simulation center (limited enrolment)

Site-visits:

  • Ministry of Health, Israel: Emergency Management Services (EMS) Command and Control Centre
  • Barzilai Medical Center: a 617-bed hospital in Ashkelon in southern Israel
  • Rabin Medical Center – Beilinson Hospital: a 1,300-bed hospital in Petah Tikva, Israel
  • Magen David Adom: Israel’s national emergency medical, disaster, ambulance, and blood bank service
  • National Blood Bank of Israel: inside world’s first blood underground lab, scheduled to open before 2020

Lectures:

  • Pediatric Mass Casualty Incident Response
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Disasters
  • Resilience Training
  • Emergency Preparedness: Underground Hospital Deployment at  Barzilai Medical Center
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the Dream Doctor Project
  • Hospital Disaster Response at Beilinson Hospital
  • Disaster Traning Using Virtual Reality
  • Israel’s Emergency Management System (combined with the site-visit to  the command and control center)
  • Managing CBRNE materials
  • Mass Casualty Incidents involving CBRNE materials

Tel Aviv:

  • Neighborhoods and Culinary Tour
  • Graffiti Tour
  • The Carmel Market
  • Diaspora Museum
  • Avalon Institute of Technology

 Gaza Strip:

  • Communities around Gaza Strip
  • Sderot Community Resilience Center

Old Jaffa

Bethlehem

Jerusalem:

  • The Israel Museum
  • Old City of Jerusalem and Holy Land to Three Religions
  • Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial
  • A Sabbath Dinner with an Orthodox Jewish Family

Dead Sea

Delegates

Full days in Israel

PERCENT one of a kind, exceptional, educational program

Co-chairs

Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest from Co-chairs and Scientific Planning Committee: no actual or potential conflict of interest in relation to this program.

Valerie Homier

Emergency Medicine Specialist, McGill University Health Centre (MUHC)
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, McGill University
Co-Medical Director, Emergency Preparedness, MUHC

Daniel Kollek

Assistant Clinical Professor, Emergency Medicine, McMaster University
Chair, Disaster Committee, Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP)
Director, Centre for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness (CEEP)

Agenda

(Exact time to be advised closer to the date.)

HOTEL

(Location and more details to be announced closer to the event date. Dinner now included – no additional cost.)

08:30 AM
Bus Departure

Speaker: Benny Davidson

Learning Objective:

Participants will identify the fundamentals of command and control in disasters.

Command and Control Centre, Ministry of Health, Israel

Speaker: Hezi Waisman

Learning Objective:

Participants will learn how to prepare a hospital for pediatric mass casualty incidents.

Speaker: Tomer Severs

Learning Objective:

Participants will identify how advanced technology and artificial intelligence can be used in disaster response.

01:00 PM - 05:00 PM
Delegates to Join Partners for Lunch and PM Tourism Program
06:00 PM
Return to Hotel and Evening at Leisure
10:00 AM
Departure
  • Jaffa and Neve Tzedek Neighbourhoods
  • Jaffa Clock Tower
  • Graffiti Tour

As a group, not included in the package: $15 USD (to be paid on-site).
Shuk bites in the Carmel Market.
The Bite Card is comprised of 6 slips curated in order to give you a chance to try a variety of products, flavors and the aromas of the market.

  • The White City of Tel Aviv
  • Bauhaus Architecture Tour
  • Rothschild Boulevard
06:00 PM
Return to Hotel and Evening at Leisure

Speaker: Asaf Boker

Learning Objective: 

Lecture about Gaza Strip and the communities around Gaza Strip (lecture taking place on the bus.)

Through site-visit participants will identify the principles of community resilience in hostile environments.

Speaker: Tali Levanon, Israeli Trauma Coalition

Learning Objective: 

Through site-visit and lecture the participants will identify the principles of community resilience in hostile environments.

 

12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
Site-visit and Lecture: Moshav Netiv Ha’Asara

After lunch. Bus travel to Barzilai Medical Centre (02:00 PM – 02:30 PM)

Speaker: Hezi Levi

Learning Objective:

Through site-visit, participants will identify the principles of community and hospital resilience in hostile environments.

Speaker: Hezi Levi

Learning Objective:

Through lecture, participants will identify the principles of community and hospital resilience in hostile environments.

Speaker: To be announced.

Learning Objective:

Through lecture and workshop, the participants will learn the techniques of medical clowning and how these are used to minimize post-traumatic stress disorder in children exposed to traumatic events.

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Bus Trip Back to Hotel

The group (delegates and partners) will travel, enjoy activities and lunch together.

  • Grisha Yakubovich at Black Arrow Memorial
  • Site-visit to the Magen David Adom
  • Lecture: Overview of the Emergency Management Response System in Israel

Learning Objective:

Through site-visit and lecture participants will identify the fundamentals of prehospital response in disasters.

Yoni Yagodovsky
Director, International Department, Magen David Adom (National Emergency Management Services, Israel)

  • Site-visit to the National Blood Bank of Israel

This cutting-edge national blood bank, which broke ground in 2016 and is expected to open by 2020 will be the world’s first blood lab to go underground.  The facility, a six-story building featuring three floors above ground and three below, will have the main core laboratory of 5,0000 square meters where blood will be processed and stored. The underground space will serve as a bomb shelter, allowing workers to continue operations even with the threat of missile attack.

  • Lecture: Blood Banking and Delivery in Mass Casualty Incidents

Learning Objective:

Through site-visit and lecture participants will identify the principles of blood banking and delivery in mass casualty incidents.

Dr. Eilat Shinar
Director, Blood Services Division, Magen David Adom

Learning Objective:

Through site-visit participants will learn how to prepare a hospital for mass casualty events, both contaminated and uncontaminated.

Learning Objective:

Through site-visit and lecture the participants will learn how to prepare a hospital for mass casualty events, both contaminated and uncontaminated.

Dr. Dagan Schwartz
Director of Hospital Emergency Management, Beilinson Hospital
Lecturer, Ben-Gurion du Negev, University, Israel

Learning Objective:

Through site-visit and lecture the participants will identify how virtual reality and augmented reality can be used in disaster preparedness training.

Dr. Dagan Schwartz
Director of Hospital Emergency Management, Beilinson Hospital
Lecturer, Ben-Gurion du Negev, University, Israel

  • Palmach Museum
  • Lunch: On Own
  • Yitzhak Rabin Center

Required: Long sleeve shirt, long pants, safety shoes

Developing awareness and providing knowledge and basic skills for the first response in case of a disaster in an urban area.

Topics covered:

  • Rescue strategy
  • Risk management and safety considerations
  • Basic surface search
  • Emergency evacuations techniques
  • Light rescue techniques

Learning Objective:

Through hands-on training, participants will acquire and perform the skills required for light urban search and rescue including the extrication of victims from hazardous environments.

Speaker: Noam Unger

  • Acre
  • Lunch on own
  • View Bahai Gardens
  • Caesarea
  • Joint dinner at a Tel-Aviv restaurant

Speaker: Arik Eisenkraft

Learning Objective:

Participants will review the specific issues in the delivery of care in a contaminated environment to patients exposed to a noxious substance while maintaining caregiver safety.

Speaker: Amitai Ziv

Learning Objective:

Through hands-on training, participants will acquire and perform the skills required to deliver care in a contaminated environment to patients exposed to a noxious substance while maintaining caregiver safety.

CBRNE SIMULATION CENTRE
03:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Transit to Hotel in Jerusalem
  • Latrun
  • Neot Kdumim
  • Transfer to Jerusalem for hotel check-in.
  • Yad Vashem
AM
The Israel Museum: Dead Sea Scrolls and Temple Model
PM
Old City of Jerusalem
AM
Dead Sea
PM
Bethlehem
Evening
Sound and Light Show: Migdal David

Times vary depending on individual flight arrangements.

This event is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and approved by Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians. You may claim a maximum of 26 hours (credits are automatically calculated).

2 Spots Available

Prices

Prices are listed in Canadian Dollars.

$3800 CAD / person for 7-day academic and tourism program and 8-night accommodations

Includes:

  • Educational program, including hands-on training and facility site-visits
  • 8 overnights hotel accommodation: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
  • 7 days touring with private English-speaking government licensed guide
  • 7 days transportation with a licensed driver in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
  • Entrance fees to most museums
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily
  • Friday night dinner at the homes of local residents, and a closing dinner (both dinners include wine)

Doesn’t include: 

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above
  • Flights to Israel. We recommend using Signal Tours (rivka.honig@signaltours.com) and specify that you are booking for the Emergency Preparedness Conference. However, feel free to contact your own travel agent and compare offers
  • Health or any other type of insurance. We encourage all travelers to have health, travel and any other type of insurance they purchase when traveling to another country

$3,800.00 Taxes and Other FeesAdd to cart

$2500 CAD / person for 7-day tourism program and 8-night accommodations

Includes:

  • 8 overnights hotel accommodation: DOUBLE OCCUPANCY
  • 7 days touring with private English-speaking government licensed guide
  • 7 days transportation with a licensed driver in an air-conditioned deluxe vehicle
  • Entrance fees to most museums
  • Full Israeli buffet breakfast at hotels daily
  • Friday night dinner at the homes of local residents, and a closing dinner (both dinners include wine)

Doesn’t include: 

  • Personal expenses
  • Meals not mentioned above or drinks during meals, unless specified above
  • Flights to Israel. We recommend using Signal Tours (rivka.honig@signaltours.com) and specify that you are booking for the Emergency Preparedness Conference. However, feel free to contact your own travel agent and compare offers
  • Health or any other type of insurance. We encourage all travelers to have health, travel and any other type of insurance they purchase when traveling to another country

$2,500.00 Taxes and Other FeesAdd to cart

$1500 CAD / person

Includes:

  • Same package as above with single room

$1,500.00 Taxes and Other FeesAdd to cart

If you are interested in booking extra hotel days at special rates (before or after the conference) or arranging excursions in Israel, Jordan (Petra) or Egypt please contact Bronwyn Ben Ami at byork@kenes-tours.com AFTER registration is completed.

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Location

The program takes place in various locations in Israel with hotels booked in two cities: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Hotel accommodations are arranged and included in the price of the event.