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Tribal emergency management conference set for June 3 5
7 May 2008

BISMARCK (UTN) A conference to build and strengthen tribal emergency management programs is scheduled for June 3 5 at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck.

      The training will be geared for personnel in tribal government, tribal emergency management programs, and tribal schools in the Dakotas and Montana.

      "This conference is about getting better at responding to disasters and emergencies," said Barbara Schmitt, conference coordinator. "It applies to both man-made and natural disasters."

      Presenters include emergency and disaster management experts from tribes, federal agencies, the state of North Dakota and local governments.

      All sessions take place in the Multi Purpose Room of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center on the United Tribes campus, 3315 University Drive, Bismarck, North Dakota.

      Training topics will include: policy, ordinances, intergovernmental agreements, resources and funding, how to build a framework for an emergency management program, identifying likely hazards, developing a response plan, evacuation routing, coping after a disaster, and implementing drills and family education.

      Attending and presenting remarks during the opening session at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 3 are: Mandan Mayor Ken LaMont, UTTC President David M. Gipp, ND Division of Homeland Security Director Greg Wilz, and DHS-EP&R-FEMA-NPD Director J. Scott Logan.

      Keynote speakers are: Cliff Whitman, Three Affiliated Tribes; Craig Palmer, Disaster and Emergency Services (DES) Division; Dennis Anderson, South Dakota Office of Emergency Management; and Jason Moats, Training Manager, Incident Mgmt, Programs, Emergency Services Training Institute.

      Tribal representatives are invited, as well as state and county disaster and emergency personnel.

      A $100 conference fee includes noon meals and conference materials. Stipends and lodging are offered for two participants from each of the North Dakota and South Dakota reservations.

      The event is sponsored by United Tribes Technical College, the North Dakota Division of Homeland Security, and the U. S. Department of Homeland Security-FEMA Region 8.

      For more information contact Barbara Schmitt 701-255-3285 x 1436, bschmitt@uttc.edu.


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