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UMFK to offer satellite broadcast from National Terrorism Preparedness Institute

October 3, 2003

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent's academic outreach office, in conjunction with the rural public safety administration program, will be hosting a satellite broadcast from the National Terrorism Preparedness Institute. This program will focus on emergency medical services and will take place Wednesday, October 22, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Nadeau Hall Teleconference Center.

Specific segments of the program include "Developing a Medical Action Plan" and "Mass Casualty Management and Decontamination". The broadcast will include a review of guidelines from the United States Army Soldier and Biological Chemical Command (SBCCOM) and FEMA's Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Teams (DMORT) program.

Other topics covered will include a look at the Homeland Security master's program at the Naval Postgraduate School and a review of TOPOFF 2, an exercise series that was overseen by the United States Department of Homeland Security/Office for Domestic Preparedness (ODP), which provides training and technical assistance to the nation's first responders.

These Consequence Management News, Equipment, and Training (CoMNET) broadcasts are designed to address issues pertaining to preparation for and responding to events involving weapons of mass destruction. However, much of the information covered is useful in situations involving natural disasters and other areas of public safety and emergency management. The programs are free to individuals in the emergency services, public safety and emergency management professions as well as interested members 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.

For more information or to register, call Don Eno, academic outreach coordinator, at 834-7835 or 1-888-TRY-UMFK.