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UMFK to host hazards preparedness workshop

January 14, 2008

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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. 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.             

Special luncheon speaker will be Sam Gonzales, Oklahoma City Police Chief (ret.).  Mr. Gonzales was Chief at the time of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing disaster.             

“We are very excited about having Chief Gonzales with us.  This training will be exceptional for everyone from town managers to law enforcement administrators.” said Dr. Tony Enerva, assistant professor and program coordinator of UMFK’s Rural Public Safety Administration and Criminal Justice programs.            

The instructors for this program will be Mr. Phil Crosbie, Program Director, Executive Education Programs, TEEX/National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center, and Walter Ulmer, president of Remlu Inc., and an adjunct instructor at TEEX.            

“The Rural Public Safety Administration Program at UMFK is very aggressive and resourceful in addressing the public safety needs of Northern Maine and the County,” said President Richard Cost. “Professor Enerva has been very successful in attracting speakers such as Chief Gonzales to share their expertise about significant issues impacting rural communities throughout the region. This will be a valuable program for town administrators and public safety officials in rural Maine. As your public university, we are pleased to bring programs and speakers such as this to the Valley to promote the safety of all of our citizens.”                       

Disaster and emergency preparedness and response require government executives to know the right questions to ask, and from whom.  The Senior Officials Workshop is for elected and appointed senior officials and is also appropriate for staff from other community entities, both public and private, that are likely to be involved in a disaster response. Its purpose 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.            

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 will co-host the program.             

“We encourage all municipal managers, public safety administrators and others in the emergency response sector to attend this training.” said Vern Ouellette, AKEMA Executive Director and UMFK adjunct faculty.            

Funding is provided by the United States Department of Homeland Security and the Aroostook County Emergency Management Agency. “A few years ago the UMFK Outreach office had brought the TEEX staff to both Fort Kent and Caribou to conduct training for wastewater facility security,” added Don Eno, coordinator of the outreach program.            

The program will take place at the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center on the UMFK campus on Tuesday, March 11, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  There is no fee to participate and lunch is included.              

Please register with Eno at the UMFK Academic Outreach office by calling 207-834-7835 or deno@maine.edu. Or you can visit: www.umfk.maine.edu/academics/outreach/sow. The registration deadline is Tuesday, February 26, 2008.