Final two regional Pandemic Flu Summits in Montpelier (June 13) and Morrisville (June 14)

For Immediate Release: June 6 , 2006
Contact: Communication Office
802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – The state’s final two of nine regional pandemic flu summits, hosted by Local Emergency Planning Committees will be held in Montpelier (LEPC #5), Tuesday, June 13 at Montpelier High School, and in Morrisville (LEPC #11), Wednesday June 14 at Hillary’s Restaurant.

Both summits are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Approximately 600 local officials and first responders who will be responsible for pandemic flu preparedness in their communities have attended the previous seven regional summits.

To sign up for the Montpelier summit contact Fred Messer (802) 496-3566 or email: fmesser@madriver.com. For the Morrisville event, contact Michele Boomhower (802) 888-4548 or email: Michele@lcpcvt.org.

Local first responders, emergency management directors, LEPC members, health department, health care, hospital and municipal officials will review Vermont’s pandemic flu preparedness, and discuss how their organizations and communities can prepare for the possibility of a pandemic.

The evening’s agenda will include presentations on pandemic flu by the Vermont Department of Health, and on avian (bird flu) by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets.

State health, emergency management and homeland security officials will also discuss emergency management coordination, public health response, public information and emergency risk communication and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Pandemic influenza is a worldwide outbreak of a new and severe strain of influenza that can spread easily from person to person. The current outbreak of bird flu (influenza strain H5N1) that is not a pandemic, but has caused illness and death in birds and some humans overseas. There is no evidence that it can easily spread from person to person. World, national, state and local governments are working to prepare for the possibility of a pandemic.

The regional summits follow on the Governor's Pandemic Flu Summit on January 12 in Burlington. A statewide meeting of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns 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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