A BRAND new Professional Working Group focusing on Flood Resilience is to be launched later this month.

Open to members of the Emergency Planning Society, the launch will be held at the University of Wolverhampton and will bring together professionals working in the sector to look at the resilience, recovery and humanitarian aspects of flooding.

The event will include an overview of the Professional Working Group from Acting Chair Phil Emonson, who is Technical Director and Head of Flood Resilience at JBA Consulting, Heather Shepherd of the National Flood Forum and Dr Paul O’Hare, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography and Urban Development at Manchester Metropolitan University.

In this its first session, the Group will explore what makes a person, community, organisation and nation resilient to flooding as well as determine the outline focus areas for the Group for 2020. The Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary will also be elected.

Phil Emonson said: “Plans to set up this group have been in development for over 18 months and really its inception has come at a really important time. There has been nowhere in the industry to explore and discuss the resilience, recovery and humanitarian aspects of flooding.

“We all saw the devastating effects of flooding recently in Yorkshire. It’s widely recognised that flooding is only going to get worse due to the effects of climate change and equally that communities, organisations and people need to be prepared.

“We have partnered with the University of Wolverhampton to launch this Professional Working Group and they are very kindly providing us with the room to hold the launch event for free.

“We hope the half-day event will be an opportunity for the Group to set the agenda for what we want to achieve, what we should be doing as a Group and what the focus will be in 2020.”

Only members of the EPS are invited to attend the event which is being held on Thursday February 27th 2020 at the Beech Room at the University of Wolverhampton’s Telford campus between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Places must be booked before Friday February 21st 2020 – EPS members can book their place here: