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Conference to focus on emergency preparedness in the region

Friday, April 3, 2009, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall

A conference titled "Emergency Preparedness in the Region: What Have We Done and What Is Still Needed?" is set for 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 3, in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall.

Thomas Kean, former governor of New Jersey and co-chairman of the 9/11 Commission, will deliver the keynote opening address. Stephen Flynn, the Ira A. Lipman Senior Fellow for Counterterrorism and National Security Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, will speak at the luncheon.

In the first panel, experts in the field will discuss what has been done to protect critical infrastructures against natural disasters and terrorist attacks and make recommendations for models that can be implemented to secure private and public facilities in a systematic way.

Participants in the second panel will discuss cooperation issues among governments and with the private sector. They will focus on the interplay between public sector entities and with the business communities to coordinate efforts beyond jurisdictional boundaries to respond to a regional crisis.

The final panel on public health preparedness will take up considerations and decisions with respect to bioterrorism, disease outbreak and natural disasters. Panelists also will address some of the financial, legal and ethical issues inherent in this area.

The conference is sponsored by the Policy Research Institute for the Region of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Admission is free and open to the public, but registration is required by going to the conference website.

For more information, contact Georgette Harrison.

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