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UMFK to offer satellite broadcast from National Terrorism Preparedness Institute

January 2, 2004


The University of Maine at Fort Kent's academic outreach office, in conjunction with the Rural Public Safety Administration program, will again be hosting a satellite broadcast from the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute.

The live response program will focus on perimeter security and victim management during a terrorist incident involving suspected weapons of mass destruction (WMD). It will take place Wednesday, January 28, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center.

The program will address issues that first responders need to know in order to establish site security and control, as well as protect evidence, while simultaneously assisting victims who need medical care.

Other areas covered are how to appropriately isolate contaminated victims and how to be prepared to decontaminate them at the site as this work must be done in such a way that it does not disturb potential evidence.

"This interactive broadcast will allow broadcast participants at UMFK to call in with questions," said Don Eno, academic outreach coordinator. "The program will include panelists from the emergency response and law enforcement communities."

The live response broadcasts are designed to address issues pertaining to, preparing for, and responding to events involving weapons of mass destruction. However, much of the information will be useful in situations involving natural disasters and other areas of public safety and emergency management.

The programs are available to people in the emergency services, public safety and emergency management professions as well as interested individuals of the general public.

Live Response is the product of the Department of Justice and Federal Emergency Management Agency and is produced by the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute, a division of the Southeastern Public Safety Institute at St. Petersburg College, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Additional support is furnished by the Army National Guard and the United States Army Satellite Education Network (SEN) at Fort Lee, Virginia.

The broadcast is free. To register call Eno at 834-7835 or 1-888-TRY-UMFK.