Regional Pandemic Flu Planning Summits

DATE: April 14, 2006
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Two Local Emergency Planning Committees (LEPCs #3 and #12 centered in Springfield and White River Junction) hosted the first in a series of regional pandemic flu summits for local responders on April 12 in White River Junction.

The meeting was held from 6:00 p.m.to 9:00 p.m. at the Veterans' Administration Research & Agenda Building. In attendance were local first responders, emergency management directors, LEPC members, health department, health care, hospital and municipal officials.

The agenda included a presentation on pandemic flu by State Epidemiologist Dr. Cort Lohff and State Veterinarian Dr. Kerry Rood presenting on bird flu. In addition, state officials discussed emergency management coordination, public health operations, public information and emergency risk communication, and the national incident management system. The evening also included an open discussion and question/answer period.

UPCOMING REGIONAL SUMMITS (some locations to be announced):

April 26 - Vergennes  (LEPC #8)
May 04 - Arlington Fire Department  (LEPC #7)

May 15 - St. Albans Comfort Inn  (LEPC #4)

May 16 - Brattleboro Quality Inn  (LEPC #6)

May 31 - Lyndonville Fire Department  (LEPC #9 and #10)
June 06 - Rutland  (LEPC #2)
June 13 - Montpelier High School  (LEPC #5)
June 14 - Morrisville  (LEPC #11)

The regional summits follow on the Governor's Pandemic Flu Summit on January 12 in Burlington, the third of its kind in the U.S., and a statewide meeting of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns that was held on March 24. The summits are sponsored by the Office of Vermont Emergency Management, the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Homeland Security.

For more information about pandemic influenza and for preparedness planning checklists, visit the Health Department's website at HealthVermont.gov

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