Hurricanes, Safety Culture, Kidnapping: Ready for RIMS 2009?

The popular RIMS show returns for its 2009 staging next month at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., testing whether corporate belt-tightening has halted safety and risk management professionals' travel so greatly that they won't even go to this conference. RIMS 2009 boasts the event's typically strong lineup of more than 120 educational sessions and is a "green" show this year, with handouts available online so attendees can download them or print them before they leave for the conference.

Online registration ended March 23. On-site registration will cost Risk and Insurance Management Society Inc. members $995 for a full pass, $455 for a one-day pass; the costs are $1,310 and $505, respectively, for non-members. Expo hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22.

The show's online program is available here, and its searchable online sessions guide is available here. Several sessions concern disaster readiness, Specific sessions of interest include "What You Need to Know About Crime Insurance -- Lessons Learned in the Field" (9 a.m. April 21), "Infection Control in the Age of the Superbug -- A Global Issue" (9 a.m. April 22), "Kidnap Management -- The Team Approach" (10:45 a.m. April 21), "The SAFETY Act -- It Can Reduce Your Liability Resulting from Acts of Terrorism" (2:15 p.m. April 21), "Interlinking Safety and Leadership -- Tips and Training" (10:45 a.m. April 22), "Leadership Skills for Risk Professionals -- 10 Lessons Learned on the Links" (11:30 a.m. April 23), "Performing Risk Assessments for Emergency Preparedness and Continuity Planning" (10:45 a.m. April 21), and "Play It Safe -- Establishing a Safety Culture" (9 a.m. April 22).

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