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FEMA conference features new technologies in emergency management
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., May 13, 1999 Emergency management specialists - experts whose actions help mitigate the effects of disasters such as those caused by this season's killer tornadoes - will meet in Gatlinburg May 17-20 to share information and look at new technologies to enable them to do their jobs even more effectively.
The annual meeting, "Technology Partnership for Emergency Management Workshop and Exhibition," is being sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and hosted by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) at Gatlinburg's Park Vista Hotel.
Kay Goss, FEMA associate director for Preparedness, Training and Exercises, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker during Tuesday's 9 a.m. session. Goss, who has served in the position since 1994, administers a broad range of programs designed to reduce injuries and death due to disasters, strengthen states and communities, and prevent or reduce damage to public and personal property. She also oversees the Emergency Management Institute, Emergency Food and Shelter National Board, and the radiological emergency and chemical stockpile emergency preparedness programs. A native of Arkansas, Goss received bachelor's and master's degrees in political science and public administration from the University of Arkansas and has done postgraduate work at West Virginia University, Northwest Missouri State University, San Diego State University, Harvard University and American University.
The theme for this year's workshop is "Moving Preparedness, Mitigation and Response into the Next Millennium." The event provides an opportunity for interaction among emergency managers from local, state and federal organizations; Department of Energy national laboratories; and industry technology developers.
Nearly 50 speakers from across the United States and from other nations are featured on the program, along with 36 demonstrations of the latest in emergency management technologies. Several panels will focus on scenarios involving terrorism, a nuclear accident and a chemical release at a large public facility.
ORNL is a Department of Energy multiprogram research facility managed by Lockheed Martin Energy Research Corporation.