Upcoming Events


America, Illustrated:…

Dec 01, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

Art of Giving Holiday…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
The Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Center for Southern Craft & Design will… more

Ashe Cultural Arts…

Dec 1 - 31, 2015
Join us for Ashe to Amen: the Enduring Spirituality of People of African… more

Book Signing & Wine…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
Enjoy complimentary wine and join us for a book signing and discussion with… more

Celebration in the…

Dec 01, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
City Park's annual holiday lighting exhibit and festival returns with one of… more

Christmas New Orleans…

Dec 1 - 31, 2015
There's no place like New Orleans for the holidays during Christmas New Orleans… more

Clyde & Iggy

Dec 1 - 31, 2015
Join us for the local musical duo Clyde & Iggy.  Their repertoire… more

David Hansen's Garden…

Dec 01, 2015
Since 2006, Hansen's Garden District Jazz Trio has performed every night at… more

Jasper Johns:…

Dec 01, 2015 - Jan 31, 2016
Prints from the Donna Perret Rosen and Benjamin M. Rosen Collection: Jasper… more

Luna Fete: 2015

Dec 1 - 5, 2015
      LUNA (Light Up NOLA Arts) Fete returns this… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Dec 01, 2015 - Sep 27, 2016
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

New Orleans Pelicans…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
New Orleans Pelicans vs Memphis Grizzlies. Come experience NBA basketball at… more

Newcomb Art Museum of…

Dec 01, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
Join us for the  Exhibition: "A Shared Space: KAWS, Karl Wirsum,… more

Patriot, Planter,…

Dec 01, 2015 - Mar 20, 2016
NOMA will present the first exhibition to focus on the works of Pierre-Joseph… more

Saenger Theatre…

Dec 1 - 6, 2015
They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines...Direct from Broadway… more

Saints Holiday…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
As we approach the holiday season, Winn-Dixie welcomes members of the greater… more

Shop for NOWCS and…

Dec 1 - 1, 2015
Join us December 1 at Kendra Scott on Magazine Street for complimentary… more

The Historic New…

Dec 01, 2015 - Jan 09, 2016
The Historic New Orleans Collection marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane… more

The Photography of…

Dec 01, 2015 - Mar 01, 2016
The Photography of Modernist Cuisine: The Exhibition, a collection of over 50… more

Tim Youd: 100 Novels

Dec 01, 2015 - Feb 21, 2016
Los Angeles-based contemporary artist Tim Youd will visit NOMA to perform the… more

America, Illustrated:…

Dec 01, 2015 - Jan 05, 2016
New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques will pay tribute to The Saturday Evening… more

The International Disaster Conference & Expo Convenes in New Orleans January 17-19

January 13, 2012

The International Disaster Conference & Expo Convenes in New Orleans January 17-19
Conference management to stage the most comprehensive disaster management industry conference and exposition ever

WHAT: The International Disaster Conference & Expo (IDCE 2012)

WHERE: New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), Halls C-D

WHEN: January 17-19, 2012

DETAILS: The International Disaster Conference and Exposition, to be held January 17-19, 2012, will bring together emergency management, homeland security and disaster industry professionals from the public and private sectors around the world to share lessons learned and forward thinking regarding the policies, procedures and best practices shaping disaster preparation, response and recovery, loss mitigation, business continuity and more.

This annual event, initiated by the MCCNO in partnership with Imago Tradeshows, positions New Orleans as the best practice model for crisis management. Featuring the most renowned speakers and showcasing the latest equipment and technology from around the world, this conference and tradeshow also establishes the state of Louisiana as the center of excellence for disaster management (preparation, response, recovery, mitigation). This is the first comprehensive disaster management industry conference and exposition of this magnitude. "This relationship represents a new model for the convention center industry, which is common in Europe and provides New Orleans with the benefit of a long term commitment. We are excited about the opportunity to bring together public and private groups to share information on a subject on which Louisiana is known as an authority," said Bob Johnson, president/general manager of the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The IDCE 2012 exhibition hall will feature more than 200 companies offering the latest in disaster industry technologies and techniques. Some of the products on display are Gorilla Design's Disaster Relief Unit, a self-sustaining emergency shelter created out of a 20' x 8' shipping container that can be shipped anywhere in the world and arrive turnkey, ready to inhabit; FloodSax's sandless, self-inflating bags, a flood defense system that could revolutionize the control of damage from flooding; Mathews Specialty Vehicles' disaster management vehicle, offering such capabilities as decontamination, medical relief and mass evacuation; and Earth Networks' solutions for emergency management agencies, including real-time weather visualization and how impending conditions will impact response and recovery efforts.

The event is expected to attract over 20,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors and present a direct annual impact of $20 million within its first five years.


MAJOR EVENTS (All events held at MCCNO, Hall C unless noted otherwise):

  • Tues, Jan. 17, 8:30 a.m.: Welcome Address: Gov. Bobby Jindal - Louisiana (invited)
  • Tues, Jan. 17, 9 a.m.: Key Note Address: Craig Fugate FEMA Administrator: Private Sector Resources in the Emergency Management Plan; the Public-Private Partnership
  • Tues, Jan. 17, 10 a.m.: Honorable Tom Ridge - CEO Ridge Global; First Director DHS; former Governor of Pennsylvania: DHS and the Face of Emergency Management 10 Years Later
  • Tues, Jan. 17, 11 a.m.: Mark Merritt - President, Witt Associates; Former Special Assistant to the Associate Director for the Response and Recovery Directorate: Global Preparedness Issues
  • Wed, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.: Speaker Meir Elran, Senior Research Fellow and Director, Homeland Security Program and Co-Director, Israeli Society and National Security Program - Societal Resilience as a Key Response to Terrorism: An Israeli Perspective
  • Wed, Jan. 18, 3-5 p.m.: Panel Discussion on Mass-Sheltering - Moderated by: Harold Hansen (IVMA). Panelists include Ann Palmer, Red Cross; Frank Poe, Executive Director of GWCC; and Bob Johnson, Executive Director of MCCNO
  • Thurs, Jan. 19, 9-10 a.m.: Speaker Burl Cain, Warden of Louisiana State Penitentiary - Angola and the 2011 Floods: The Largest Maximum Security Prison Evacuation in American History
  • Thurs, Jan. 19, 1 p.m.: LTG Russell Honore - Creating a "Culture of Preparedness" in America

Tues, Jan. 17 - Wed, Jan. 18: Noon - 6 p.m.
Thurs, Jan 19: Noon - 4 p.m.

PRESS ROOM: MCCNO, Hall C, Room 219
7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Sandra Moreland, 404-310-4059,
New Orleans CVB:
Tara Letort, 504-566-5019,; Kelly Schulz, 504-421-0962,; Jennifer Day-Sully, 773-909-2514,
Rosalie Mortillaro, 504-582-3027,