More than 500 resilience and disaster management professionals are expected to attend RES/CON New Orleans 2016, the leading event for top decision makers, advocates and disaster and resilience specialists from around the globe to discuss the practice of successful resiliency and disaster management in an evolving global environment. In 2015, the International Disaster Conference and Expo (IDCE), which first occurred in 2012, re-launched as RES/CON. IDCE first occurred in 2012.

RES/CON New Orleans will host three days of education, exhibition, networking and information, and will showcase more than 100 companies, in 120 exhibiting booths, and representatives of federal, state and local government agencies and countries from across the globe. Southeast Louisiana has become a globally recognized hub of resilience, emergency management and innovation over the past 10 years. RES/CON New Orleans will host a previously unseen mix of disaster and resilience practitioners to explore profound and powerful topics that impact communities and economies worldwide. These guests will attend as international exhibitors, speakers, event hosts and experts that will collaborate and educate each other on the best practices for all facets of community protection and crisis management.

Greater New Orleans, Inc. will produce RES/CON New Orleans 2016 alongside the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (MCCNO), the prior host of IDCE. The transition of the focus of this event from disaster recovery to resilience mirrors the spirit of New Orleans and the growth it has experienced 10 years post-Katrina. IDCE has convened in New Orleans annually since 2012, and this year’s RES/CON New Orleans 2016 conference has a projected economic impact of more than one million dollars.


  • Henk Ovink, The Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, The Netherlands; Sam Carter, Associate Director for Resilience, Rockefeller Foundation; Harriet Tregoning, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development and Marion McFadden, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development, will open the conference with a plenary on the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC): Tuesday, March 1; 10-11 a.m., Great Hall – A
  • Chief Resilience Officers Jeff Hebert (New Orleans), Grant Ervin (Pittsburgh), Dr. Atyia Martin (Boston), and Marissa Aho (Los Angeles) will discuss the impact of this new game changing position created through 100 Resilient Cities: Wednesday, March 2; 1:15-2:15 p.m., Great Hall – A
  • Roy Wright, Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation, FEMA, will discuss the Intersection of Resiliency and Flood Risk Management: Thursday, March 3; 10-11m., Rivergate Room
  • Closing Keynote with Andrew Andrea, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – The Business Community PillarDivide: Thursday, March 3; 8:30-9:45 a.m., Great Hall – A