Terrorism Preparedness Conference to Bring Together Medical, Emergency Responders

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Conference Free, But Registration Required

LITTLE ROCK – The third annual Arkansas Statewide Preparedness Conference will be held Aug.7-10 at The Embassy Suites. The conference is free, but participants must register to attend.
The conference is directed toward health care professionals, emergency responders, law enforcement, hospital bioterrorism coordinators, local disaster preparedness coordinators and workers, public health professionals and others involved in preparing for and responding to acts of terrorism and other disasters.
To register, call 501-661-7968, or e-mail
The conference is sponsored by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) Regional Programs, the Division of Health of the Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, the Arkansas Hospital Association and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Highlights of the agenda include: 
Tuesday, Aug. 8: 

8:30 a.m.  
Threats to Arkansas
David Maxwell, director, ADEM

10 a.m.  
Medical Reserve Corps Teams
Stacy D. Sayre, Region VI coordinator, Medical Reserve Corps
Bryan Clardy, M.D., assistant professor of family medicine, UAMS

2 p.m.   
Pandemic Influenza History
Aubrey J. Hough Jr., M.D., distinguished professor of pathology,
chairman of the Emergency Preparedness Committee, UAMS

4 p.m.  
Pandemic Influenza Planning
 William L Mason, M.D., chief of public health preparedness, DHHS

Wednesday, Aug. 9

8 a.m.  
Earthquake Science
Haydar J. Al-Shukri, Ph.D., Department of Applied Science
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Earthquake Planning
Veronica Pogue, earthquake preparedness planner, ADEM

Port Safety
Cmdr. Patrick J. Maguire, sector commander, U.S. Coast Guard

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with six colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 9,300 employees, including nearly 1,000 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the VA Medical Center. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.5 billion a year. For more information, visit www.uams.edu.