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Hazards preparedness workshop on March 11

February 28, 2008


The University of Maine at Fort Kent will host a specialized training session Senior Officials Workshop for All Hazards Preparedness on Tuesday, March 11, 2008 in Nadeau Hall teleconference room from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The program will be delivered by Texas A&M University Engineering Extension (TEEX) and is certified by the United States Department of Homeland Security Office for Domestic Preparedness.  

The purpose of the workshop is to provide training and a forum to discuss strategic- and executive-level issues related to disaster preparedness, share proven strategies and best practices, and enhance coordination among officials responsible for emergency response to a disaster.           

Workshop instructors are Richard W. Comley, Director of Executive Programs for National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Walter F. Ulmer III, Remlu Inc. President for Emergency Preparedness Planning in New York and an adjunct instructor at TEEX. 

Included with the workshop is a luncheon guest speaker, Sam Gonzales, Oklahoma City Police Chief (retired).  Gonzales was chief at the time of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing disaster. Gonzales will share expertise about significant issues impacting rural communities throughout the region. 

Fifty-five participants have signed-up for this workshop. Individuals attending are from the towns of Windham, Houlton, Limestone, Madawaska, Presque Isle, Fort Kent, Van Buren, Fort Fairfield, Washburn, Frenchville, New Sweden, Woodland, Caribou, Mapleton, Crystal, Littleton, Stockholm, Portage Lake and St. Agatha.             

The Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency (AKEMA) and the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Academic Outreach Office and Rural Public Safety Administration program are the co-hosts for the program.