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October 19, 2015

Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference October 19-21

Emergency responders, Emergency Management officials, and non-profit partners from around Vermont will come together for the annual Vermont Emergency Preparedness Conference from October 19-21 at the Jay Peak Resort in Jay. The event offers state and local responders, municipal officials, and others involved in emergency response to come together to build relationships and learn new skills.

Breakout sessions and trainings are planned throughout the three days that cover the five mission areas of emergency management: protection, prevention, response, recovery, and mitigation. Topics like community resilience, school emergency preparedness, recent increase in Vermont's natural disasters, and cyber-crimes and threats are only a handful of the nearly 60 offerings.

"Local responders not only acquire new skills, but they also learn what resources the state can offer before, during, and after a disaster," VT DEMHS Director Christopher Herrick said. "Another benefit is that it gives responders the chance to network and get to know those who could provide assistance, or need assistance in the future."

The conference is free and attendees can participate in as many workshops as they wish.

Conference Schedule:

Monday, October 19

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Trainings

Tuesday, October 20

8:00 a.m.: Opening plenary session - Welcome remarks by VT Administration Secretary Justin Johnson

9:00 a.m. - 7:15 p.m.: Workshops

Wednesday, October 21

8:00 a.m.: Keynote speaker VT State Veterinarian Dr. Kristin Haas - Vermont's preparation for the H1N1 virus in poultry and what local communities should know.

9:15 a.m.: Workshops

12:00 p.m.: General session and awards - Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn, and DEMHS Director Christopher Herrick

1:30 - 4:15 p.m.: Workshops

Contact: Mark Bosma, VT DEMHS, 802-839-6717 or

Source: Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Last Updated at: October 19, 2015 14:42:10