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May 16, 2005

Corporate Emergency Preparedness Examined at Two-Day Conference

The attacks of September 11, 2001, proved that the business community could be a potential target for terrorists. In response, the Center for Public Health Preparedness and MidAtlantic Public Health Training Center, both at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, are sponsoring a two-day conference on emergency preparedness for corporate employers. The Corporate Emergency Preparedness Conference will be held May 16-17 in Baltimore, Md. Experts will discuss terrorism preparedness and emergency response infrastructure, as well as risk assessments, corporate readiness and worker safety and training in a post-9/11 world. The conference will be held at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, which is located at 300 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, Md.

Presenters will speak on topics including lessons learned from the 2001 anthrax outbreaks, natural disasters and corporate preparedness, intentional biological and chemical threats and naturally occurring infectious diseases. Legal issues in emergency settings will also be highlighted. In addition, conference participants will take part in hands-on disaster planning and decision making exercises.

Speakers will include the following experts:
Jonathan Links, PhD
Professor and Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health Preparedness

Henry Siegelson, MD, FACEP
Principal at Disaster Planning International

Laurel Ryan

Christina Catlett, MD
Medical Director of the George Washington Center for Emergency Preparedness
Daniel R. Lucey, MD, MPH
Adjunct Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Georgetown University School of Medicine

Caye Ciabattoni
Manager of Safety Service at Health and Safety Services

WHAT:  Corporate Emergency Preparedness: Protecting Your Own

WHEN:   May 16, 2005, from 8:20 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 17, 2005, from 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

WHERE: Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel
300 South Charles St.
Baltimore, Md.

Public Affairs media contacts for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health: Kenna Lowe or Tim Parsons at 410-955-6878 or