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Crisis Management and Country Evacuation Planning – Planning to Go Further Than the Parking Lot

This case study starts with experiences from the Iraq invasion of Kuwait in 1990 and shows the evolution of country evacuation planning up to 2014. The study covers topics ranging from threat monitoring, contingency planning, sheltering in place to full scale evacuation of staff from a country. How can you plan for situations as diverse as pandemics, war and civil unrest? What are the trip-wires and triggers? When should you stay and when should you go? The case study builds on first hand experiences and shares publically accessible planning guidance.

Presented by: Geert Coremans, Corporate Security Advisor, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, Belgium

Geert Coremans, CPP, is Corporate Security Advisor for the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group. A former para-commando in the Belgian Armed Forces, Geert has been with the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group since 1990 and is now based in the Corporate Support Office in Brussels, Belgium. In his current role Geert provides support and follow up to Carlson Rezidor hotels in Europe, Middle East and Africa and is a member of the chain’s global hotel security operations team. Geert’s work has taken him to over 20 countries and many challenging, higher risk environments. Geert is an active member of ASIS International. He earned his CPP in 2010 and has been on the ASIS International Hospitality Entertainment and Tourism Council since 2012.