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Proceedings for 2014 Conference

Many thanks for making the 2014 Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference a success. We have included below a listing of workshop proceedings. Should you be interested in materials from a session you don't see here, please contact us.

MARK your calendars for the 7th Annual Maine Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference, April 21st and 22nd, 2015, at the Augusta Civic Center

#01 Talking to Firefighters, Listening to the Museum Director
Presented by Ellen Dyer, Coordinator, Maine Cultural Emergency Resource Coalition, Maine State Museum. Julia Clark, curator of Collections, Abbe Museum and Assistant Chief, Orland Fire Department. Heidi Leinonen, CEM-ME, Planner, Lincoln County Emergency Management Agency

#02 Official briefing: An assessment of Maine's School Safety, Security, Climate, Culture, and Emergency Preparedness
Presented by Jim Rier, Lyndon Keck and Michael Dorn. This workshop provided attendees with a summary of findings from the statewide school safety assessment that was completed this January.

#03 A Balanced Approach to Active Shooter Planning for Businesses and Institutions.
Presented by Simon Van Leeuven, Emergency Management Planner, TRC Environmental and Edward Deck, Law enforcement and Security Consultant (FBI Unit Chief-retired) TRC Environmental.

#04 Using GIS for Disaster Response
Presented by Joseph Young, Executive Director, Maine Library of Geographic Information, Rosemary Mosher, Geospatial Database Manager, Information Communication and Teechnology, city of Auburn, and Brian Collins, Planner, FEMA Region 1. This workshop provided an overview of the data layers needed and how they can be used to increase the speed and efficiency of disaster response and recovery.

#05 Chemical Suicide - Keep Yourself Safe!
Presented by Ann E. Hemenway. Oil and Hazardous Materials Responder 1, Maine Department of Environmental Protection. A review was done on actual response, a look at safety procedures and PPE, and discussion on how to neutralize the chemical reaction.

#07 A Panel Discussion on school Safety, Security, Climate, Culture, and Emergency Preparedness
Presented by Michael Dorn, Executive Director, Safe Havens International and Panel. Workshop included those that assisted with the statewide school safety assessment project and senior representative from key state agencies that are part of a multidisciplinary team dedicated to furthering school preparedness in Maine.

#08 Making Small Business Preparedness Easy
Presented by Russ Webster, CEM, Federal Preparedness Coordinator, FEMA Region 1. Businesses left with the tools to immediately assess and enhance their individual preparedness and get connected to resources tailored to their business.

#09 Terrorism - A Focus on Antiterrorism and Consequence Management
Presented by David Glazebrook, CAS, MBA, Professor. What is terrorism and what do local responders, media, and elected officials need to understand about it? More importantly, what are the trends pointing to in the future?

#14 Challenges of Cultural Differences in Emergency Response and Recovery
Presented by Joanne Potvin, CEM-ME, Director, Androscoggin Unified Emergency Management Agency. Language barriers and cultural differences in religion, clothing, food, and housing needs can be challenging to emergency response and recovery efforts.

#15 The Role of the Safety Officer in a Hazmat Incident
Presented by Skip Pratt, CIH, Manger of Corporate Safety Systems, Sappi Fine Paper North America. The role of the safety officer can be stressful due to the wealth of knowledge needed when responding to an unknown incident. You will learn what is needed for reference material and who your best ally is when the event seems out of control. With a level head you will keep everyone safe.

#16 Dam Safety for Communities
Presented by Tony Fletcher, PE, State Dam Inspector, Maine Emergency Management Agency. The state's only Dam Safety Inspector will provide an overview of Maine's Dam Safety Law, emergency action planning, and examples of dam failure and repair.

#18 Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC) "AAA" Model and Small Organizatin Guide for Cyber Security.
Presented by Dr. Glenn F. Wilson, Director, MCSC; Lynn Lovewell, Operations Director, MCSC; and Edward Sihler, Technical Director, MCSC. The MCSC "AAA: model and Small Organization Guide provide information about awareness, appreciation, application, and best practices for cyber security for businesses and the citizens of Maine and beyond.

#19 Serving the whole Community - Emergency Management and the ADA.
Presented by Simon Van Leeuwen, Emergency Management Planner, TRC Environmental. A review on the implications of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements on emergency management.

#21 Wave Run-Up - The Overlooked Aspect of Coastal Flood Inundation.
Presented by Richard J. Okulski, Meteorologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminstration/National Weather Service (NWS) Caribou. Wave run-up is an important component to coastal flood inundation. The NWS offices in Maine applied wave run-up research to produce guidance at 13 coastal flood-prone test sites from Acadia National park to north of Boston, MA.

#22 USDA Responds - Emergency Assistance when Disaster Calls
Presented by Ken Gustin, Executive Officer, USDA/Farm Service Agency and Amanda May, Program Specialist, USDA/Farm Sercice Agency. USDA agencies muster many tools, resources, and sources of financial and other forms of assistance when disaster strikes or is imminent.

#23 The Challenges of Radiological Events on healthcare Systems.
Presented by Kathleen Rusley, MBA, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, Northeast Maine Regional Resource Center. Radiological events present a hazard that can have challenging impacts on emergency responders, healthcare organizations, and communities. What types of events have happened and are possible, and how do we deal with them?

#24 Getting Socail - Tapping into Social Media to Connect with Your Community
Presented by Robin Mayer, Principal, Mayer and Associates. Social media is an important tool and can reach vast numbers of people, but only when used wisely. Workshop discussed how to build and manage a social media presence, gain followers, and expand reach to ensure that critical information will be received and heeded during emergency situations.

#26 The Federal Role in Oil Spill Planning and Response
Presented by Cosmo Caterino, BS Chem. Eng. MS Env. Eng., Federal On-Scene coordinator, US EPA. This workshop discussed how the Clean Water Act, Oit Pollution Act, Facility Response Plans, and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises all relate, and the perspective of an EPA inspector

#27 Building Your Own Personal Emergency Kit
Presented by Stuart Thomas, Preparedness Consultant/Owner, Prepared Associates. This workshop covered the personal emergency kit. Your kit may be all you have time to grab on the way out the door.

#28 EMS and the American Red Cross - Partners in Disaster: The Boston Marathon Experience
Presented by Karen Rea, MSN, RN, Northeast Division Nurse Leader, American Red Cross of Maine and Ellin Ruffner, LCSW, Disaster Consortium Chair, Aerican Red Cross of Maine. This workshop discussed the work of the Red Cross in helping the community cope with the events following the Boston Marathon Bombing, as well s its role at the Family Assistance Center in the weeks immediately following the bombing.

#29 How Best to Evacuate a Hospital
Presented by Richard Comstock, Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, Emergency preparedness Coordinator, MaineGeneral Medical Center and Richard "Beau" Beausoleil, Director, Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency. This workshop looked at the 2013 preplanned transfer of 120 patients from two hospitals in five and a half hours.

#30 Maine's "Sandy" - Updating Maine's Hurricane Inundation Maps (COML)
Presented by Peter Slovinsky, Marine Geologist, Maine Geological Survey, Dept. of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. This workshop highlighted efforts to update Maine's Sea, Lake, and Overland Surges from Hurricanes (SLOSH) maps for the Maine coastline using a new GIS tool and available Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) topographic data.

#33 Bovine (Cattle) Emergency Response
Presented by Cindy Kilgore, Livestock Specialist, Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. A livestock trailer hauling cattle has rolled over. First responders, do you know what to do? How do you assess, handle, contain, move, and dispatch the livestock? We can help!

#34 Building Community Resilience - How Stolen Eggs Made My Community Safer
Presented by Lori Lynn Scott, BS, Tactical EMT, Community Facilitator, Mt. Vernon/Vienna/Rome Neighborhood Watch and Member Kennebec County IMAT & CERT. Learn about how to create an effective safety network in your community by applying basic Incident Command System and Public Information Officer principles, emergency preparedness, email, potlucks, cooperation with law enforcement, and old fashioned phone trees.

#35 A New Plan for Mitigating the Impact of Disasters on the Most Vulnerable
Presented by Jane Coolidge, PhD, Public Health Emergency Preparedness Planner, Maine Center for Disease Control and Richard Higgins, Individual Assistance Officer, Maine Emergency Management Agency. The Maine Center for Disease Control and MEMA, in colloboration with numberous community partners, are developing a process that will ensure that the most vulnerable persons in Maine receive timely and accurate information regarding a potential or actual disaster.

#36 2014 and the New Public Safety Radio Communications System (MSCommNet).
Presented by Craig Hitchings, Manager, MSCommNet in 2014 and interoperability is essential. A project panel provided an overview of the new system emphasizing interoperability for county and local public safety partners.


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