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UMFK to offer satellite broadcast from National Terrorism Preparedness Institute

November 21, 2003


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 CoMNET program will focus on emergency medical services and emergency management planning and will take place on Wednesday, December 10, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference center.

Topics covered include the importance of planning and exercising for mass fatalities, the medical management of chemical and biological casualties, and the potential for panic associated with emergency situations, specifically Weapons of Mass Destruction.

Specific segments will include 'Conducting a Mass Fatality Exercise', 'Recognizing the Signs of a WMD Incident' and 'Dealing with Victims of a WMD Incident'.

Consequence Management News, Equipment, and Training (CoMNET) 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.

CoMNET 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 Don Eno at 834-7835 or 1-888-TRY-UMFK.