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Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness

With the continual threats of natural disasters, the potential for intentional contamination of the nation’s food supply, and terrorism acts, the ability to respond is critical to keep the public safe. At NEHA's 73rd Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition, we are exploring the broad topic area of terrorism and all-hazards preparedness with educational sessions focused on providing you with the knowledge, skills, and resources for you to plan and respond to these threats.

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The Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness educational program will:

• Identify valuable resources such as National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams (WMD-CSTs) and their role in helping with preparedness and terrorism
• Investigate food defense/agro-terrorism and what is being done to protect the nation’s food supply from terrorist attacks
• Discuss the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Target Capabilities Lists (TCL) that identify environmental health departments as key emergency response partners 
• Explore effective management and communication during large scale disasters

Additionally, the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – Introductory Level pre-conference workshop will be offered to increase the level of emergency preparedness of environmental health practitioners and other emergency response personnel by providing them with the necessary knowledge and skills to address the environmental impacts of emergencies and disasters. More information is available via the pre-conference workshop tab.
Sunday, June 21
1:00 –1:50pm
The National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction–Civil Support Teams (WMD-CST’s) and Military Emergency Science: A Terrorism and All-Hazards Asset
CAPT Jason Finley, MS, REHS, RS, CHMM, Medical Operations Officer, 41st Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team, Kentucky Army National Guard, Louisville, KY

2:00 – 2:50pm

Assessing Environmental Health Emergency Preparedness in Minnesota
Brian R. Golob, CHMM, REHS, Senior Environmentalist, Hennepin County HSPHD, Hopkins, MN

3:00 – 3:50pm

Environmental Health Preparedness: Integrating Homeland Security Target Capabilities into Environmental Health Programs—The Florida Experience
Heather Lake-Burger, MS, MPH, CHES, Environmental Health Preparedness Coordinator, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Nancy Leiva, MS, Environmental Health Preparedness Planner, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Tracy Wade, MS, Environmental Health Preparedness Training Coordinator, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL

4:00 – 4:50pm

Development of a Chemical Contact Matrix Identifying Responsibilities as Part of the Local All-Hazards Response
Alan J. Becker, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Florida A&M University, Tallahassee, FL
Aubrey Douglas Sims, MSc, General Manager, Auburn Water System, Crestview, FL

Monday, June 22
8:00am – 3:30pm

Exhibition Open

8:00 – 11:30am

Poster Session & Silent Auction

1:00 – 1:50pm

Love, Language, and Leadership! What it Takes for a Successful Large Scale Environmental Health Disaster Response 
CDR John Smart, MPH, REHS, Regional Emergency Coordinator, DHHS/ASPR/OPEO, Atlanta, GA
CAPT Thomas Bowman, REHS, Regional Emergency Coordinator, DHHS/ASPR/OPEO, Atlanta, GA

Tuesday, June 23
2:00 – 2:50pm

Wildfire San Diego 2007: Environmental Public Health Decisions Associated with a Public Health Centric Disaster Recovery Process
Gary Erbeck, MPH, REHS, Director, County of San Diego Dept. of Environmental Health, San Diego, CA

3:00 – 3:50pm

Environmental Health and Disaster Resiliency 
Heather Lake-Burger, MS, MPH, CHES, Environmental Health Preparedness Coordinator, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL
Sandra Whitehead, PhD, Environmental Health Public Health Planner, Florida Dept. of Health, Tallahassee, FL

4:00 – 4:50pm

Public Health Infrastructure Sustainability: What Are the Priorities?
Christopher R. Eddy, MPH, REHS, RS, Assistant Director, MPH Program, Wright State University, Kettering, OH
Tuesday, June 23
8:30 – 9:20am

Impacts of Pending Biosafety and Biosecurity Legislation on EH S Departments and Professionals: What’s in the Pipeline?
Ryan Burnette, PhD, Director, Alliance Biosciences, Inc., Richmond, VA

9:30 – 10:20pm

FDA’s Food Defense Oversight Team’s Outreach, Collaboration, and Awareness: The Expanding Umbrella of Food Protection
Jason P. Bashura, MPH, RS, General Health Scientist, FDA, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, Office of Food Defense Communication & Emergency Response Food Defense Oversight Team, College Park, MD

10:30 – 11:20pm

Development of a Food Emergency Response Plan Template for Southeastern States
Cham Dallas, PhD, Professor, Director, Institute for Health Management and Mass Destruction Defense, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

1:00 – 2:50pm

Radiation and Environmental Health Response 
James M. Smith, PhD, Radiation Studies Branch, CDC/NCEH, Atlanta, GA,
Armin Ansari, PhD, Health Physicist, Radiation Studies Branch, CDC/NCEH, Atlanta, GA

3:00 – 3:50pm

What Does the Planning P Mean for Environmental Health?
LTJG Aaron B. Otis, MPH, REHS, Consumer Safety Officer/Investigator, USPHS, FDA, Detroit, MI
Niki Lemin, MS, RS, MEP, Safety Engineer, Ohio State University Medical Center, Columbus, OH

Wednesday June 24
8:30 – 10:20am

Utilizing the Planning P for Environmental Health Incidents
This group exercise will provide participants a hands-on opportunity to practice the elements of the planning process. Based on an environmental health incident, participants will develop incident objectives, conduct meetings, and complete forms associated with a written incident action plan. The training will focus on the command and general staff positions and their roles as they move through the Planning P.

10:00 – 12:00noon

Building Trust and Gaining Community Support Through Effective Communication: Techniques for Government Representatives in Times of Uncertainty
This session will address the fundamentals of risk communication most applicable to government employees and agencies in a very practical way. Attendees will complete at least three hands-on exercises including materials from the fly ash spill.

10:30 – 12:00noon

Speed Education: TAP
Like Speed Dating, this fast-paced session will offer attendees the rare opportunity to meet and discuss pertinent questions with a number of well-respected names in the emergency response field in a short amount of time. Make sure you have your questions ready, because when the bell rings, it’s time to meet the next expert!

1:00 – 2:50pm

FDA’s Food Defense Oversight Team’s (FDOT) Outreach, Collaboration, and Awareness: The Expanding Umbrella of Food Protection
The FDA, in partnership with numerous government agencies and private sector organizations, seeks to help reduce the risk of tampering or other malicious, criminal, or terrorist actions on the food and cosmetic supply. In this interactive session, attendees will explore numerous projects and initiatives that the FDOT has completed, or is in the process of completing, on food defense-related training tools.

The Lecture Hall and Learning Laboratory  
NEHA offers you the opportunity to design your conference experience to meet your educational needs, and to choose how you want your education delivered by attending sessions in either the Lecture Hall (LH) or the interactive Learning Laboratory (LL). Both the LH and LL are rich learning environments that will equip you with the skills, knowledge, and tools you seek.

























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